Whenever I’m asked how I made the leap from assistant editor to editor, one particular stunt comes to mind.   I was working as an assistant editor at a production company, back in the days when we still had to capture footage from tapes. It was the mid 2000’s. The shop didn’t have network

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The field of documentary filmmaking is amazingly international. Take my husband. He is Mexican. He works at one of the largest film archives in Latin America. And for a living, he fields inquiries from film producers in the US, UK and Europe, wanting to include a piece of Mexican culture in their TV program or

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Most aspiring documentary filmmakers go through the trial of making a short documentary – typically 20 to 30 minutes long – before committing to making their first feature-length film. Some find that they even prefer shorts to features.   Now if you’re at the stage of editing your short documentary, you are probably wondering how

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In all likelihood you WILL end up pulling out your hair at some point during your edit. But if you’ve laid down a solid organizational foundation, at least it won’t be because your project browser looks like a dirty laundry heap, you can’t find that gem of a clip, or you can’t reconnect media that’s

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Are you editing straight off of that portable field drive you used during your shoot? Stop right there and go buy yourself a dedicated edit hard drive. And an extra back-up hard drive while you’re at it, if you plan to keep taking your original drive out into the field with you. Because like my

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As a filmmaker, oftentimes – or maybe every time – a shoot day doesn’t unfold the way you expect it to.   You do your best to roll with the punches. But afterwards, sometimes it’s just really hard to isolate any negative feelings about what happened in real life – outside the frame – from

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There are days when your brain is on auto-pilot and you just can’t muster any creativity or focus. But you still have to get some editing done. What to do? Going out for yet another coffee isn’t going to help – but you feel like you don’t have the mental clarity to even put two

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Back when I was a new, inexperienced editor, I learned about preparing for a screening the hard way. It was my very first gig as an assistant editor. The project was an ultra-low budget educational series about the Russian revolution.   The editor I was working for handed off the project to me. Meanwhile the

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