View Full Version : Editing your films?

11-26-2007, 05:10 AM
Hey just carious after I have done filming my short film. I need to edit it into it's trailer then final cut to the dvd.I am carious of you who do this for final cut do you use the same footage for the dvd for online website and film festival or does your dvd have a total different version of the editing or a scene that you didn't add in?

11-26-2007, 11:51 AM
I usually do three different versions - all different lenghts. 30 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds. Some of the footage is the same, some of it is different.

11-26-2007, 01:03 PM
A trailer and a film are two different animals... I've always thought there was value in bringing in a new editor, with fresh eyes for a trailer edit.

If I'm doing it myself, I try to forget the story of the movie... go back to my logline, the idea that sold me on this particular movie... and then try to turn that logline into a 30/60/90 second film.

The worst mistake I've ever seen a producer make on a trailer, was to leave out the chase footage from the last act, because he didn't want to give the ending away.

Only other piece of advice I'd give is cut a trailer... put it aside for a week, then go back and cut a completely different one... then put both of them in front of people you trust and ask them which they preferred... and ask them what they thought the film was about? And which one had they think had the largest budget... trust me, a good trailer edit can put $40,000 on your perceived budget.

Will Vincent
11-26-2007, 01:54 PM
trust me, a good trailer edit can put $40,000 on your perceived budget.

Probably not quite that much for a short.. ;)

Personally I've never really seen the value in making a trailer for a short. Since the full length film is already pretty short. I suppose if it were longer than a half hour to 45 minutes or so though it might be worth while.

11-26-2007, 02:09 PM
Sorry Will, I hadn't realised it was a short...:blush:

I was talking about features... I must read these posts better in future :lol:

Will Vincent
11-26-2007, 02:20 PM
I do it all the time too.. :D