I Have No Idea How to Edit A Film

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In the past month, I’ve spent a lot less time writing. If you’ve ever blogged or written, you know what this is like. You think about writing each day, perhaps you even scribble it at the top of your to-do list, but it is always skipped or falls to the wayside.

Writing is a slow burn. You need a good idea or topic and lots of creativity. Then it takes hours to write, edit, post, and it takes days, weeks, months, years to get anyone’s attention.

And while I love writing, I’ve been distracted (in the best way) by film.

People ask me all the time if I’m editing our documentary. Sometimes I try to lie and say yes, but let’s be honest. I’m not. I’ve tried. I’ve thought about it. But I’m not even close.

I have no idea how to edit a film.

That’s why I’ve spent the past two months learning how to edit film by creating wedding trailers. My friend Jim is a wedding videographer–and the person I call when I have film questions–and I’ve been editing weddings for him.

Learning video editing is one of the more difficult things I’ve ever had to learn. It’s new software and a new skill. It’s been hours of Googling how to videos, reading the tutorial guides, and even more often hitting the ‘undo’ button.

Editing is very left brain–analytical, technical, practical. I’m clicking all around the screen adjusting shots and stringing them all together in a way that tells a story. As challenging as it is, I absolutely love it. It takes hours and hours of sitting in front of my computer playing, replaying, and changing sequences of clips, but in the end, you have someone’s entire wedding day, neatly packaged in a 7-minute trailer for them to cherish for years to come. (Or when it comes to editing the documentary, I’ll have an entire movie under my belt. How cool is that?!)

Since I’ve made video editing a priority over writing, I want to share a video with you all to show you what I’ve been up to. This video is a trailer of my friends Cade and Nicole’s wedding from here in Austin. They are both so sweet and their wedding was a real party.

To view the video, you can click on this picture below, which will take you to Facebook where the video is posted. (Or if that doesn’t work, you can click here.)


i have no idea how to edit a film


Many of you have asked when we plan on releasing Hourly America. Our set release date is Labor Day 2016, but first a few things have to happen, like me learning how to edit. Heath and I will be hiring a professional editor to join us in working on the film and spend January-March focusing on finishing the production process. We’re currently planning and working toward launching a crowdfunding campaign to cover hiring an editor and concluding the post production process.

I’m currently putting together a launch team to help us promote our documentary. If you’re interesting in joining the team or learning more about what that would entail, send me an email or comment on this post 🙂

8 Responses

  • We already chatted but I just want to say *here* that I watched the wedding video and I am impressed by your skillz! 🙂

  • That was a really good video! The shots, editing, and music all tied together nicely! I know what you mean about “putting all of the best shots into a 7 minute trailer”. Sometimes it’s tough, especially if you’ve taken some really really good shots, to find the BEST 7 minutes because you’ll have to leave some good content out. The struggle… lol

    • Thanks, Nate! Ha, the struggle is real. There’s always a few shots that I get super emotional about parting with, but they just won’t fit into the trailer! Do you work in film?

      • It really is. It’s a learning process though. It seems to get better with every edit although my last edit I had a relapse and my 5 minute video ended up being 17 minutes. lol That’s why it’s still sitting on my desktop. Haha!

        With this new adventure we are starting, I am treating the blogging/photo/video as ‘work’, so I guess “technically” you could say I work in film. lol But no, I am just learning as I go along with lots of ‘undo’ button presses. I come from a background of firefighting and coaching weightlifting, so video is a new ‘adventure’.

        • Haha, I totally understand. It took me about a year of filming before I recognized that it is work and somehow my profession. Really once I switched from Final Cut to Adobe Premier is when I started actually feeling like a real film maker and not just someone posing as one! The undo button is still and forever my best friend.

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