As I enter my last few months with film connection I can't help but reflect on how quickly this year has gone! In the blink of an eye I am almost headed on a new journey, a career in editing! But at the same time I can't rush these last moments of learning from Sharon and all the great people she has introduced me to. Last week I got to work with her editor Freeman White, who is also a director/writer/producer, and watch him work his editing magic on "Misguided Behavior". (Sharon's latest film) It was very inspiring to hear his stories from years of experience in the film industry and how much passion he has for every project he works on. As I was talking with him I realized that if I don't pour passion into every project I have a hand in, what's the point? Obviously I'm bound to be more excited about some projects than others just based on how much I connect with them, but if I don't have passion for a project while I'm editing it then it will likley be bland and not as many people will connect with it. It's like when you watch an actor pretending to be a character vs. when they are/become a character. You connect with a story much more when the artist gives all of their heart and emotion. Freeman also said to me that there is no specific way to be an editor, no straight path to follow. This helped me a lot because although I do need to understand my editing software like second nature, I can create whatever process of putting a film together that I want. There is no rule book for being a good artist, and I love that.
My other focus through these past couple weeks has been organization and how vital it is to having a smooth work process. I mainly work with Final Cut and they make it easy to stay organized, it's really just been about the time it takes. I always want to jump right in to a project, but it takes sometimes days of work to organize all of the files. But practice makes... improvement. One step at a time.