Nic’s editing, reducing the 7 minute video down to 45, 30 and 15 second edits
Following a brief I set him:
– Edit the interview, to communicate a viewpoint that is not clearly shown in the initial video. This can either support your own opinions, or suggest a totally different point of view.
-Try to maintain a sense of logic to the edit: do not purposely obscure reality.
-The purpose of this task is to see how a personal editor can change the meaning of a piece of footage.
-Produce a 45second, 30 second, and 15 second edit. Starting with the 45 second edit, reduce the content each time.
Problems I had with the brief:
– I couldn’t decide whether to ask Nic to use the same content in all 3 edits, for example simply reduce the clips he used in the last edit. Or whether he should be able to select anything from the 7 minute video (so the 3 different edits had different content). I went with the first option (reducing the same footage), in order to better illustrate how condensing time has an effect on distorting footage.
– obviously in hindsight it would have been beneficial for Nic to be editing footage of himself, imitating the self-recording/self-aware aspect of Dark Days (2000) and The Act of Killing (2012). They both explore the idea of presenting self, communicating your own message.