I recently expanded my editing skills into a new realm: video production. I was happy to have the opportunity to collaborate closely on two 14-minute videos featuring the pianist Simone Dinnerstein and composer Daniel Felsenfeld.
Making decisions about how to cut and order the video footage was not unlike doing substantial editing on an article or essay. It’s even more time-consuming, though, as it requires watching long segments of raw footage, keeping track of timestamps, sourcing B-roll images, turning transcripts into subtitles, and working with a larger production team, among other things.
One tricky thing about video (as opposed to text) is that you can’t just hit control-F and search for certain scenes. You have to know where to look to find the part that you’re looking for. On the other hand, one cool thing is you can’t really change what people say, and it’s easy to keep the speaker’s voice intact—and bring it out in an even more straightforward way than in writing.
It was satisfying to turn hours of raw footage into two 14-minute videos, one in a documentary style, the other in more of a typical interview format. Now that I am an emerging video wrangler in addition to an experienced text wrangler, I look forward to seeing what else I can do in this new format.