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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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Attend Our First Bootcamp for Free!

Saturday, December 5th

In our very first live Bootcamp we’re going to take a detailed look at the power of creative editing and many of the skills that separate the keen amateur from the high end professional. This is not software training, these are the skills that turn you into a powerful creative editor.

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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

Actuality: Mastering The Art of Observational Editing

Saturday, April 24, 3PM GMT

Actuality is the most popular genre in worldwide broadcast output today. With high shooting ratios and short deadlines, actuality editors are some of the fastest in the industry. But it is a very complex art form to cut with tons of unique visual grammar that needs to be obeyed.

In this month’s Bootcamp we’ll take you though all of the techniques and concepts used by the pros in reality TV and observational documentary.

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MASTERS

Free Taster Course: MFA Craft Editing

5 April - 16 April 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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