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Pigeonholing: How to Break Free From Genre

by Paddy Bird on
October 15, 2020

This week’s show is based on one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Inside The Edit. How do we break free from pigeonholing within the industry? How do we get into our dream genre?

So many people suffer from it. We work in one area of editing but have always considered it a stepping stone and never the destination for our career. It’s a difficult subject to discuss and has many factors at play.

But with some thought-out strategy, some bravery and some inside knowledge of how staffing decisions are made on productions, there's no reason why we can't jump free of the curse of pigeonholing and build the career we've always wanted.

We’re also making another exciting announcement about our new Bootcamp live training, so stay tuned for that at the end of the show.

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Saturday, December 5th

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Subsurface

Composer: Ben Niblett,Jon Cotton
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Factual Underscores: Evolutions
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Track 2: What Have We Done

Composer: Martin Tillmann, Matteo Pagamici
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Factual Underscores: Evolutions
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BOOTCAMP

Mastering The Magic of Montage Editing

Saturday, May 29, 3PM BST

Make no mistake, montage is one of the most powerful spectacles we can construct in editing. It serves so many purposes and can create so many powerful emotions if crafted well. But understanding the theories and techniques beneath this alluring visual skill is by no means simple.

In this month’s Bootcamp Paddy demystifies the art of montage by taking apart all of it’s laws and giving you the tools and techniques to build this irresistible visual stylisation. Quite simply, if you do not master this particular part of our art form, you are an incomplete editor.

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MASTERS

Free Taster Course: MFA Craft Editing

26 July - 5 August 2021
16-26 August 2021

This taster course will give you hands-on experience of the MFA Craft Edit Masters, the industry's first professional editing course where the focus is on the art form rather than the software or technology.

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SUMMER SCHOOL

A Week of Creative Intensity

Mon 9 Aug – Sat 14 Aug 2021

Put yourself in the hot seat this summer with the most in-depth editing course on the planet. We’ve deliberately built this elite level Summer School for you: the editor who wants to take their creative skills to a whole new level.

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