I finally did it.
After far too long, I finally uploaded my first video (linked below), and it accomplishes what I’ve been vowing to do: show, not tell, how even small alterations in the editing of a scene can result in better flow, stronger energy, and improved storytelling.
The reason I’ve wanted to do this is to pass on what I’ve learned, up to this point, about writing and editing, and while I have written a number of posts here on WordPress doing exactly that, I feel it important that I use a visual element as well, to fully push my point across the finish line.
For example, when I wrote a post covering the editing of dialogue in Batman v Superman, I really wanted to show the result rather than merely describe it and hope my points would come across well enough to be understood. In a future video, I’m going to cover that very scene from Batman v Superman to show what that scene looks like with the changes I described.
For now, though, I’m starting with a couple of Star Wars movies, because – you know me – I love me some Star Wars. The first videos will be a three-part series covering improvements that can made to characters and storytelling in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Other videos will use Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to show when a story should begin and how to smooth out and focus a story. Eventually, I’ll have videos discussing the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. However, I think I’d like to give attention to other films first, such as the aforementioned Batman v Superman, Transformers, Joker, Deadpool 2, and surprisingly enough, 2017’s Power Rangers. As you can see, there’s a lot that I want to cover.
Again, the point of all this is to demonstrate writing and editing skills that can perhaps help out others with their works in progress, and even for those who don’t really require the help, hopefully my videos can start discussion concerning what changes, if any, could strengthen a certain story. So, how about we watch that first video? If you like what you see, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel.
Oh, and as always, any and all feedback is both considered and welcome. 🙂
EDIT: As you can see, I removed the video. After getting some feedback, I decided to go back and re-do it, you know, like editing the first draft of a manuscript. I’ve made some changes, and you can see the result of those changes here.