The unpleasant stress of editing.

One of the things I've always loved about the editing process is how you get to watch everything you've done come together. The way in which ideas and moments slowly fall into place as you piece together shots and sequences. It's a weird sort of validation, seeing that the crazy, on the fly decisions you made when something went wrong, coupled with the meticulous planning of pre-production, fit in place.

For me it's always a moment of "wow, this works". It means I'm not just making it up as I go or that I'm making bad choices, I do know what I'm doing... to a degree.

I've spoken before about how much I love problem solving, especially on a set, when you're unable to get a particular shot you want or there's some technical hiccup in shooting, but knowing that those solutions do actually work, and having the evidence to back it up in the form of a well edited sequence is a great feeling.

You know what's not a great feeling thought? When that doesn't work.

As I sit, staring at the computer screen trying to cut together a scene I have a sudden horror. This is wrong. This isn't working. And there's nothing I can do about it. I can't go back and reshoot because... well, I don't have that kind of cash, and I can't find another take because there isn't one, and... this just didn't come together how I'd hoped.

What do you you do? Do you desperately try to splice together something else, stepping away from your original idea and into something quite different? Do you cut it entirely? That sucks, because it was one of my favourite moments and it really works for pacing... what do you do?

Well, honestly this is the first time I've ever really encountered a problem I'm not sure I know how to fix. It's not a major issue, but it's a little disheartening. I try to cast my mind back to the shoot itself and work out why I thought that would solve the problem, but no answers lay there. Sleep deprivation and decent memories do not go hand-in-hand.

This kind of problem solving is a little more concerning. I find myself sweating here. How is this one going to get fixed? I don't know. In the end I'm sure I'll figure something out, but as it stands, count me frustrated. The stress of shooting may be pleasant, but the stress of editing... that's something else entirely.

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