Category Archives: Editing

Silence of the Rice Krispies

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Somewhere back in the dim and distant past (October 2014 to be exact) a bunch of Zolascope members got together for a workshop. In one shortish day we shot the footage for a film – The Silence of the Rice Krispies – written by Megan, daughter of our illustrious co-founder Clare. Meg’s brother Tom played the lead (and only) role. Meg… Read more »

How would Shakespeare shoot it?

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Cuts need to be motivated. That’s one of the first things you learn about filmmaking. There has to be a reason for every edit. Often it’s speech. In reverses, for example, where you’re shooting a dialogue between two people, you’ll hear the off-camera person’s voice a fraction of a section before you cut to show their face (ie, a J-cut)…. Read more »

Cigarette – the trailer

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Our most recent short film, Cigarette, now has a trailer. You can watch it on Vimeo or via the movie’s page on this site. Creating a trailer is always a fascinating experience. In this case, I had to boil down a 13 minute narrative into 40 seconds (including credits), capturing the mood of the film without giving away too much detail…. Read more »

It’s getting better all the time…

One of the most interesting – and heartening – lessons I’ve learned in making No Evil is that every stage of the process seems to improve the quality. As director, DP and editor I’ve been privileged to contribute to many parts of the film. But that also means I’ve had the opportunity to make mistakes and (in the words of teachers… Read more »

We’re locked!

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The edit of No Evil is now locked. Yay! What this means is that all the shots have been edited to the correct length, and all dialogue and other sync sound has been laid in. There’s still much to do – fine-tuning the audio, adding some final sound FX and one line of OS dialogue, and, of course, lots and… Read more »


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Last of the pick-up shots done today (I think). On the first day of shooting, we photographed a scene in which Luke (played by Morgan) sits on a bench by a lake and throws stones. It hadn’t been our intention to get shots of the stones hitting the water, but when I came to cut the shots we did have… Read more »