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The 3 Stages of Edit Mastery

by Paddy Bird on
October 29, 2020

What is the very first thing that so many people do when learning a new art form? Yes, they practice. They practice for hours and hours. But what do they practice?

The first of three stages in edit mastery is often not talked about: the stage of imitation. One of the quickest and easiest ways to kickstart the learning process is to copy those who have mastered it before us, and this is exactly what I did.

There is a massive benefit to copying the hundreds of visual techniques and structures we see in films and TV shows every day. Not only can it give us a sense of purpose and progress in those early days, but it also inspires us to be the artists we know we can be.

We’re all standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before us, and in today’s episode, we take an inspirational look at that path.

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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Track 2: Absinthe

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