Film Editing Procedures
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Watch the film
You will want to project the film to log the footage and take notes.
- Project your rushes (The original film out of the camera). You may need to do this more than once.
- Discus what you shot:
- What it looks like.
- Whether it matches your original conception.
- Whether you need to revise your script.
Set up the Rewinds and Viewer
- The reels, daylight spool and spring clamps have a notch in them.
- When putting a reel on the arm, align the notch with the raised area at the end of the rewind arm.
- Make sure to match the notch on the reel so that it goes all the way to the end.
- Put the spring clamp on the the arm. Align the notch and push against the reel.
- Your source footage goes on the left rewind.
- Thread it onto a take up reel on the right rewind.
- Thread the film into the viewer.
Find the Shots
Next you will want to find and cut out all of the shots you might want to use.
- With the viewer identify the beginning and ending frames of each shot.
- Mark the frames with grease pencil.
- Cut out the shots you want, label them with paper tape and hang them in a bin.
- If you are in doubt about a shot use it. You can take it out later.
- Re-attache the outtakes and rewinds them onto a daylight spool.
- Label each spool and set aside.
Now you can start editing the shots together.
- Start with 4-5ft of leader.
- It should be labeled with your name and the word "Head".
- Wind this onto the the take up reel on the right side of the bench.
- Start splicing the shots in order.
- Only splice one side of the film.
- At the end add 4-5ft of leader.
- It should be labeled with your name and the word "Tail".
- Watch the film on the viewer.
- Fine tune edits and move shots around as desired.
- Make sure to label any film you edit out in case you need it later.
Prepare the film for projection.
- Before the film can be projected it needs to be backspliced.
- All cuts need to have splices on both sides.
- Make sure alls pocket holes are clear.
- Rewind the film to the left onto a daylight spool or core.
- Project the film.
- If you need to make changes set up there film on the edit bench.
- Carefully peel off the splice tape.
- Start with the shiny side. Try not to pull off any emulsion.
- Re-splice the film, double splice and project.