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An interview with editor Agustín Rexach. Good advice on working with clients and managing edit sessions

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So you can work the kit, but can you work with clients? Having many years of facility editing under our belts, we would say they are both just as important. Many editors can do the former, not everyone can do the latter.

This interview by Glen Montgomery should be essential reading for anybody wanting to become a professional editor. Somebody said a while ago, "Nobody wants to pay $150 an hour to work with a grouch." There is a lot more to facility editing than just being able to work the kit, in fact some clients would rather work with a less able editor they get on with rather than a whizz kid with a lack of social etiquette. 

For the full Agustín Rexach interview, please head over to Glen's website. I'm sure he won't mind us posting a couple of the questions and answers as a taste.

GM3 – How do you “sell” a cut? What are your methods for communicating your intent or purpose of an editorial decision?

AR – I offer multiple versions of a cut.  I believe in involving the clients in the process.  What I do is sit them down and take them through the multiple versions (usually 3 to 5 different cuts).  I’ll have my favorite or my recommended cut, of course, and I’ll tell them that somewhere in there, they’ll see my recommended cut, but I won’t tell them which one.  This is a great way to break the ice and open the conversation.  I also start with the weakest cuts first and progress to the more refined ones.  I believe this serves two purposes:  the clients see that I put work into refining the cut, but also those first cuts can have some very interesting choices.  My first cuts are very instinctual, I try not to over think things too much and that can produce some interesting results that can be brought back into the latter, more refined cuts.  It can also produce absolute shit, but that’s the process.

GM3 – What should an editor know about the director/client and his personality that would help the working relationship?

AR – I think at the end of the day, everyone wants to be listened to and be taken into account.  I think the thing to remember is that every client is usually beholden to another, bigger client.  They are carrying all that pressure and responsibility into my cutting room and it’s up to me to create an environment where the client feels they have an ally.  I love the service aspect of what I do.  Whether it’s getting someone a cup of coffee or cutting their feature film, it’s all driven by my desire to please and make people happy.  I think it takes a very distinct personality to be an editor.  We are the bass players of the filmmaking process.  Our position is not flashy or glamorous, but if we don’t do our job right, the piece will have no funk, swagger or attitude.  If we do our job right, nobody notices, but if we screw it up, everyone will notice.

Full Agustín Rexach interview.


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

FCP.co

Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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