How To Edit a Rough Cut LIGHTNING FAST!

How To Edit a Rough Cut LIGHTNING FAST!

Step 1) Be Bad.

Just be bad. Accept that the cut is going to be bad. It definitely won't be the best. Might not be great. Probably won't be good, either. Likely eh... Shoot for bad.

Don't worry about what people are going to think or blahblahblah. If speed is the objective, quality MUST go out the window. You're making a chair at this point, not art. And sometimes, that's an important step in the creation of art.

And remember - Revision's later.

Step 2) Break Movie Duration Into Small Hourly Chunks

Break down the amount of time you have to edit into hourly chunks based on the amount of minutes you have to edit. Do this no matter how unrealistic the goal.

So let's say you have to edit a 5 minute movie in one day, divide the day into 8 hours... That would mean you need to edit about :45 seconds per hour.

Or if you have to edit a 64 minute movie in 2 days, that's approximately 4 minutes per hour. Even this is possible if you bypass any notion of artistry & instead see yourself more as an assembler of random bits of footage. Your job is just to put the footage on the timeline to show whoever-it-is that everything's coherent & kosher.

If you stick to this schedule **dogmatically** INSTEAD OF striving for a quality cut on the first go - then you'll have a rough cut edited so fast you'll just have to say, "hot chicken!"

Note: A good reason for editing a rough cut quickly could be to just get the mandatory first shitty draft of your film out of the way. Now edited, you could shelve the cut & give yourself some space for a few days to relax your brain. When you decide to finally re-approach your rough cut there'll be something there to work with - and it'll be VERY clear what needs to change in order to get your footage to movie nirvana.

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