The Chameleon Effect: Working With Directors

by Paddy Bird on
November 19, 2021

Directors... The most important relationships we'll ever have throughout our careers. The power they wield in how successful we become is astonishing. We can be amazing creative editors but if we do not put as much care and attention into cultivating the director/editor relationship we are putting our careers and earning potential at risk.

In this week's episode of Once Upon a Timeline I discuss the power balance in the edit suite and all of the psychological aspects at play. What do directors want? How do they think? What do they need from us outside of our creativity?

Most importantly we're going to discuss the behavioural techniques and thought processes that can not only mitigate negativity and ego but also turn this vital creative relationship into a fruitful and fulfilling partnership.

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Shine and Glitter

Composers: Jonathan Navez & Olivier Moranta
Publisher: KTSA Publishing
Album: City Ride
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Track 2: Digital Drive

Composer: J C Lemay
Publisher: Koka Media
Album: Breathing Electronica 2 - Sophisticated Chill
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Track 3: Our Tomorrow

Composers: Andrew Michael Britton & David Stephen Goldsmith
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Bold, Beautiful + Building
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Track 4: Fresh Starts

Composer: Rainman
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Organica
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Track 5: Five Steps

Composers: Alexandre Prohomme & Eddy Pradelles
Publisher: Koka Media
Album: Smart Electronica Underscores
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