Check it out. Everyone always says “there’s a million ways to cut this” yet rarely ever sees examples of it. Well, you’re in for a treat, courtesy of the students of Bellevue College in Seattle, Washington. Their professor, Robert Backstrand, worked with us to build the entire curriculum of his editing classes around footage available at Editmentor.com. Here’s a sampling of Copier Wars edits from students who prove creativity is indeed alive and well.
First up: an edit by Joseph Andrews.
Joseph brought some great character development to the edit. Good eye for actor performance.
Next: a silent edit by Hanky01.
Hanky01 is already gunning to be a colorist – nice use of color correction and vignetting. Great solution to the “how do we motivate the guy to fly off-screen” question too.
Sara Bonnett took the story in a different direction:
While I didn’t understand Sara’s music choice at first, it became obvious that she made a very strong choice that works well, and with a cool story twist. We have no idea who Brett is, but clearly he’s fantastic.
Speaking of story twists, here’s one by FotoDesignStudio:
The initial viewing left me scratching my head… and still being okay with that. I predict some very creative plot twists still to come in FotoDesignStudio‘s future.
See, this one’s all about viewing context – comedy is often based on surprise, getting what you don’t expect. If, while reviewing 20 cuts, I would’ve watched this one first, I would’ve grinned and moved on. Luckily, I saw it as version number 15 or something… it’s a good thing I wasn’t drinking anything on my first viewing because I would’ve spit it all over my computer screen. Way to go, Byron. Damn, that’s funny.
Click here to see more fantastic edits – and to all of the editing students at Bellevue College, you rock. You’re bringing some solid creativity to the table. All the best to you, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of your work.