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I've got a lot of footage logged from about 40 hours worth. I'm considering my next step with the aim towards getting a rough cut of the footage I've marked as being good and worthwhile of being in the film. At this stage I've got a lot of clips that need organising and then seeing as there is limited horizontal space on the time line, whats the best way to go about lining up the clips. For example if I decide to change the sequence of clips, how do I get all the clips after it to take up the gap? I'm very new to editing. Would it be a better idea to storyboard out as much as possible first on pen and paper before getting into Premiere in a big way. My day job is already quite screen based, so I'm looking to minimise my time spent thinking AND at the computer.

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Storyboard first, then shoot, then edit. A storyboard is a tool for organizing your thoughts before you even pick up a camera. It's like a script, and usually follows from a script, but gives you a better idea of where to place and move the camera. This is called "shot blocking".

The shotgun method of gathering footage with the hope of being able to string it together into a coherent story is a mistake made by many beginners. There's nothing wrong with gathering lots of footage. In cases like documentary work, it's often necessary. But even when you shoot this way, you need to have an idea of what you're looking for, and how it's going to fit within your story before you sit down to edit.

As for the 40 hours of footage you already have, I'd say no, don't worry about drawing it out on paper now. I guess you could use a whiteboard if that helps you organize your thoughts, but really you've got what you've got, and you're just going to be duplicating your effort when you sit down at premiere.

It's difficult for a one man operation to compartmentalize the processes to make good video, but you should look to the film industry for guidance. After all, they have billions of man-hours of experience. They've got it whittled down to a science. Directors, cinematographers, gaffers, grips, editors, colorists, producers, writers, and everyone else you see in the credits all have their own job for very good reasons. When you're trying to do it all yourself, it's best to wear one hat at a time.

  • Thats good advice. Unfortunately in my case I was shooting the footage and sending it to a film company. The film they made only used a fraction of the footage mainly about an earlier event in the journey, concerning my friend's love life. There is an idea but its open ended. Sounds vague, BUT I do for certain have some very nice bits of footage and entertaining segments from travels by bike in Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal. – Andrew Welch Jan 13 '15 at 21:13

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