Truth, Ethics & The Power of Documentary: In Conversation with Will Znidaric Part 1

by Paddy Bird on
September 3, 2020

We’ve got a cracking episode this week which I’m really excited to share with you. On a recent documentary binge on Netflix, I kept coming across the same editor’s name again and again. I looked him up, reached out and spoke to the extremely talented Will Znidaric, who cuts in Los Angeles.

Will has been a prolific documentary editor over the last decade, cutting amazing films like the Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire, The Black Godfather, and Five Came Back.

In the first of a two-part series with the two time Eddie Award-winning editor, we discuss everything from his construction techniques, to the ethics in editing, to the emotional engagement of the audience.

Will also describes the very interesting trajectory of his career and how he got his first breaks. There’s a ton of great insight and wisdom that is both fascinating and inspiring.

Will’s Documentaries

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Chasing Rain

Composer: Paul Saunderson
Publisher: Abbey Road Masters
Album: Drama Ensemble
View Track

Track 2: Mechanical Movement

Composer: Jessica Charlotte Dannheisser
Publisher: Abbey Road Masters
Album: Drama Ensemble
View Track

Track 3: Love of a Lifetime

Composer: Richard Andrew Canavan
Publisher: Abbey Road Masters
Album: Drama Ensemble
View Track

BOOTCAMP

The Power Of Music Editing: Part 1

Saturday, Dec 4, 3PM GMT

Music is one of the most powerful forces on the human consciousness. It is also one of the greatest weapons an editor can have when crafting the emotional journey of the audience. A perfectly scored scene can make our viewers laugh, cry, shock them or break their hearts.

However, next to nothing is taught about the actual rules of how to cut music to a professional level. Search the internet and you’ll find very little in the way of music editing theory and techniques.

This is why we’ve developed a series of 2 hour, live Bootcamps dedicated to mastering this little known part of the art of editing.

Book Now

Black Friday Course Sale

50% Off All Courses Using Code BF21

Yes, the best time of the year to grab bargains is back! From Friday 26th November you’ll be able to get your first membership at a huge discount or upgrade your current membership for a fraction of the price.

Shop Now

MASTERS

Free Taster Course: MFA Craft Editing

26 July - 5 August 2021
16-26 August 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.

Book Now

SUMMER SCHOOL

A Week of Creative Intensity

Mon 9 Aug – Sat 14 Aug 2021

Put yourself in the hot seat this summer with the most in-depth editing course on the planet. We’ve deliberately built this elite level Summer School for you: the editor who wants to take their creative skills to a whole new level.

Book Now

Are you Drowning in a Sea of Technical Editing Courses?

It’s frustrating that every single course on the market teaches you all about the software but nothing about how to edit. The industry doesn’t care how many buttons you’ve memorised, it cares whether you can craft powerful films.
Start focusing on the skills clients actually want.
Learn More