Transitioning to Filmmaking Day 4: Editing a Fight Scene Part 1
Next week, I have to turn in my final edit for an action (fight) scene for my Intro to Premiere class at UCLA Extension. It's a very cool project that I'm really looking forward to completing.
The project is broken down into 4 parts:
A Head Build with a 2-pop
A dialog scene, where they are planning the fight.
A prep scene where they are putting together the weapons
The actual fight scene.
Although the final project only requires that I turn in an edit, with no sound design required, I want to make the extra effort and do sound design, because I think it will make a huge difference in the final edit (and hopefully in the grade I get).
I started the project by sub-clipping all the camera footage (camera A and camera B) and organizing them into 3 bins:
A bin for all the "planning" footage.
A bin for all the "weapon prepping" footage"
A bin for all the "action" footage.
I also set up the main sequence timecode to start at 00:58:30:00 so that picture start can be at 1:00:00:00
My naming convention for the sub-clips are "SHOT-PERSON-Short Description-Take"
This is as far as I got today. Tomorrow I will finalize all the sub-clipping and most likely add markers to the clips as I review them with some notes for each clip so that I can easily identify them later.
After that, I will create "stringouts" probably by shot type before I start editing using the pancake method.
The rest of the day, I spent watching YouTube tutorials on how to cut a fight scene. Below are a couple of great tutorials worth watching if you have the time.
I also watched some great movie fight scenes for research, to get inspired for this edit and yes, just because they are fun to watch.
Of course, I had to watch one of the best fight scenes ever on film, John Wick 3, the knives fight.
Other things I worked on
Learned about ACES (Academy Color Encoding System)
Spoke to MIT Horizon as they invited me to present on AI Filmmaking.
Until the next entry!