Get your film to start working on cut #3, not cut #30.
I've seen it time after time: documentary filmmakers, bound by limited budgets, take on the editing themselves. They struggle for months, going through dozens of versions and multiple brutal rounds of feedback, and still can't seem to get their films to work.
Finally, demoralized and burned out, they give up and hire a "rescue editor," literally handing over their baby to someone else – who throws away nearly all their work and starts from scratch.
I used to be one of those rescue editors. Until I thought, what if there was a better way?
What if, instead of putting filmmakers through this torture, we acknowledged the reality that most are operating within a culture of scarcity and have no choice but to edit their own films? Sure, they'd love to hire a professional editor – but who has the money for that?
So given that reality, how about if there was a way to set them up to edit their films successfully from the word go, and skip all the months of wheel spinning and wasted effort?
That's why I created EYE Edit Lab: to teach independent filmmakers like you all the ins and outs of how I work and think as a professional editor so that you don't make so many technical or creative missteps. So that you pinpoint the right story and structure from the start.
In EYE Edit Lab, I guide you from the very beginning through a methodical editing process that embraces where you are (even if you've never edited anything before in your life!), rather than taking over your edit once you're in a state of desperation.
This way, you maintain complete control; I just help fill in the guidance and process pieces that are typically missing so that you can get your film to the finish line in a lot less time than you would on your own.
In EYE Edit Lab you'll learn:
What early students say:
This is tailor-made for exactly what we're doing... I'm really blown away. If I could have written out, 'here's exactly what I need to get to the next steps,' this is exactly what that is. We are so happy with everything.
Max Spang, Video Producer
It feels more manageable. Before it was like, 'OMG, there's no way I can do this.' Thank goodness I met you. It feels so much more systematic. You know, 'hold on – slow down and plan.' Which is so against my personality... I think it's great.
Lexie Harrison-Cripps, Video Journalist
Sign up to get a free course preview and find out when EYE Edit Lab opens in early 2021.
PS – You can check out an example of my bi-weekly edit mentor emails here.