Journalistic Compression: The Art of Selecting Essential Sync

by Paddy Bird on
September 24, 2020

In this week’s show, we’re talking about compression. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. We aren’t turning our backs on the craft and diving down the rabbit hole of codecs and bit rates. I’m talking about the other type of compression you find in editing… journalistic compression.

Developing the ability to take an enormous amount of sync, stripping out 95% of it and piecing it together into a coherent narrative while still explaining all the facts is an art in itself.

In this week’s show, we talk through a technique that can help us with this difficult task that was born in ancient Greece over two thousand years ago. Aristotle’s concept of first principles.

This stacked episode also features a great Q&A section, plus a brand new competition. I hope you enjoy the show!

Aristotle’s concept of first principles

I first heard about it as a sixteen-year-old when watching Silence of the Lambs for the first time in 1991 and it’s been with me ever since.

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: When You Wake

Composer: Christian Tschuggnall, Michael Edwards
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Nordic Score
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Track 2: Goldberg Variations

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Stamford Blue
Publisher: Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd
Album: Bach: Goldberg Variations
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Track 3: The Big Unknown

Composer: Eric Chevalier
Publisher: Koka Media,Universal Publishing Production Music France
Album: Meditative Piano
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Track 4: The Light That Binds Us

Composer: Bruce Haliday
Publisher: Freshworx Music Limited
Album: Elegant Evolutions
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