Recently, I've been knee deep in the edit for my newest short film, Aswang Next Door. It stars Eugene Cordero, who was in a previous short film of mine, and also Brynn O'Malley-- both amazing and extremely funny. Here's the breakdown of the edit:
1. First cut was just be and it timed at about 8.5 minutes -- super long, but felt good when I first got it.
2. Second cut I did an editing/notes day with Eugene and from our conversations got it cutdown to about 6.5 minutes. Better, but still a little long.
3. Third cut I applied some more things I talked about with Eugene and got it down to about 5 minutes. Amazing right? I thought so, but I watched it a lot and it felt like it was missing something. I think we went to far in the cuts and lost some of the magic between Brynn and Eugene.
4. Fourth cut I do another editing session with Eugene and we switch up some reaction shots, go through the footage and sprinkle in little moments throughout, and we put back a sequence of jokes that we totally eliminated two cuts ago. It runs about 6 minutes and it feels great!
What did I learn from this? Editing is a process and you got to be open to different ideas about how to cut something. I didn't even mention that the script has been flipped in terms of how the story is laid out, but it's so much better for it.
Can't wait to screen this one!