My entry from the “Complete the Edit - Win Vincent Laforet's Redrock Kit” CreativeLIVE challenge. This is my first time editing anyone else’s footage but my own and was a lot of fun and educational. Thanks for making the footage available to us amateur editors.

Edited using Sony Creative Software Movie Studio HD Platinum 11($76 from Amazon) on a sub-$500 laptop. Score also created by me on Sony Acid Music Studio 8.0 ($36 from Amazon) and footage audio edited, augmented and sweetened using Audacity (free). Color adjustments and titles also done naitively within the consumer version on Sony Vegas. I’m hoping that the results from my budget/amateur system measures up to those with more professional suites - in an ideal world I hope that you don’t even notice I’m using consumer, cut-down versions of NLE and DAW software.

Edited in a linear way (no Memento tricks) in keeping with the old-school, 50’s feel of the footage and script. In my imagination the man’s back story has to be that he is a gum-shoe detective getting his comeuppance. In keeping with this classic 50’s feel I edited the dialogue slightly to remove the overtly sexual lines and a couple of other phrases I personally felt weren’t in keeping with the scene. I’m not usually that prudish but I wanted the details of the affair more implied than stated.

I found myself spending as much time editing the audio as the visuals. From a visual stand point the footage is very clean but the audio took some work to normalize, and remove clothing, static and breath noises (probably from wireless lavs?) and the off camera dialog. Any unwanted noises I removed I then had to replace with room sound or Foley sounds from other footage. The only visual challenges I couldn’t address include the hand grabbing the letter opener from the desk is very white compared to the lead actor but I wanted the footage to move from one side of the desk to the other. Also that the clock at the beginning is an hour behind the clock at the end but again, I needed the footage so left it in. Finally the reflections in the picture frame glass I just decided to live with.

Any constructive criticism gratefully received - especially while I’m still learning how to edit.

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