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Ring Fencing: The Editor’s Antidote to Uncertainty

by Paddy Bird on
October 1, 2020

In this week’s episode of Once Upon a Timeline we talk through a little known concept that can help alleviate one of the most persistent causes of stress for an editor… the uncertainty of time.

So much of our creative life is focused around time. How long will it take to cut a sequence? How many hours of raw footage do we have to wade through? What is the intended duration of the project?

Throughout the centuries, art and time have never been the greatest of bedfellows and so this week we take the bull by the horns and discuss techniques to keep the creativity high and the stress at bay.

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Poem If…

I always loved Kipling’s famous poem about a father’s advice to his son on becoming an adult. Everyone has their favourite lines but mine were always the first two…

"If you can keep your head when all about you  
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,"

This inspired a calmness in me despite some stressful situations in my career.

Michael Caine Reads If...

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: End of the Odyssey

Composer: Tainsus
Publisher: KTSA Publishing
Album: Beyond The Cloud
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Track 2: Lone Starlight

Composer: Tainsus
Publisher: KTSA Publishing
Album: Beyond The Cloud
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Track 3: Sunset Haze

Composer: Sam TaylorThomas Richard Balmforth
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Chilled Beats
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