Tell A Story
The best edits that you’ve probably seen use all of the above to tell a story. Whether it’s a season-long road trip or just a week in a particular resort, it’s more engaging for the viewer if they can get involved in it. This isn’t always as obvious as using voiceovers or shots taken as your car drives along, though it could be something as simple as showing the slams taken on the way to getting a particularly gnarly shot. Once you know your way around your editing software, you’ll be able use all your skills in much subtler ways.
Check out this sweet edit by Morgan Cope (above) using just a reel of Super 8mm film and a day in Avoriaz. Working such a simple track and well-selected footage says much more than any pro’s drawl about how much fun snowboarding with your friends is – it shows you. Use your imagination to come up with a concept then use everything you know to follow through on it. That’s the difference between a filmer or editor and a full blow producer or director.
More advanced editing tips and concepts in the last installment of this series next week, but for now get practising and get creative!