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Should We Edit Our Own Footage?

by Paddy Bird on
November 19, 2020

It’s one of the age-old arguments in editing… if we shoot our footage should we also edit it ourselves, or is it essential to bring in an editor? This argument has been going on in the industry for decades.

On one side of the fence, some believe that having an impartial observer of the footage is a must in any kind of filmmaking. On the other side are those who think that this concept is outdated and out of touch with the new era of content creation.

Like many aspects in creative editing, we at Inside The Edit don’t think there’s a simple answer, so on this week’s show we’ll be discussing the range of issues at play. It promises to be a fruitful episode!

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Preparations Ahead

Composer: Julian Benjamin David Kershaw
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Documentary Strings
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Track 2: Bustling Bright

Composer: Julian Benjamin David Kershaw
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Documentary Strings
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Track 3: Serene Daybreak

Composer: Julian Benjamin David Kershaw
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Documentary Strings
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Track 4: Playful Intrigue

Composer: Julian Benjamin David Kershaw
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Documentary Strings
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