As we have been a bit hardware-centric over the last week or so, this story takes us right back to the craft. Sven Pape is publishing regular videos on how he's cutting a film - on FCPX of course!
We all love Final Cut Pro X user stories, however this one is slightly different. We have the opportunity of watching a film being edited in stages as opposed to getting the big write-up afterwards.
THIS GUY EDITS is a YouTube channel by film editor Sven Pape, an A.C.E. award nominee, whose credits include work for directors James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco. Sven is cutting his latest film on FCPX for Sundance filmmaker Mark Webber. “Flesh & Blood” is their third collaboration.
Several times a week THIS GUY EDITS (T.G.E.) will post update videos. You get to see the timeline and the editor's play-by-play-commentary as he cuts scenes. It shows work in progress.
THIS GUY EDITS is not about how to run a piece of software, but rather how to tell stories creatively. For example T.G.E. puts Walter Murch’s theory of “The Blink of an Eye” to the test. Another segment reveals editing tips on how to dramatically get into and out of scene. A future episode includes David Mamet’s philosophy on scene writing as it applies to editing.
We will be watching with interest!