The question I get asked most often nowadays is why did I choose film editing?
It’s the kind of profession that finds you, not the other way around. It sneaks up on you until one day your trying to figure out how to make this hobby into your profession. For me, personally, it started somewhere during freshman year of high school when my sister took to downloading AMVs which we would sit and watch together.
For me personally it started somewhere during freshman year of high school when my sister took to downloading AMVs which we would sit and watch together.
For the uninitiated, an A.M.V. or Anime Music Video tends to usually be a song with clips of an anime (or multiple animes) cut together to match with the song, but there were many kinds of AMVs out there. Parodies and strange mashups with audio pulled from comedy skits. Sometimes, somebody took the audio of a movie trailer and cut scenes from an anime to match.
Although at that point it was more of a form of entertainment, rather than something I saw myself doing. However, I found myself going and finding all kinds of fan videos. It wasn't just AMVs anymore. Videos for Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings were boundless fun for me.
The turning point came when I stumbled upon a particular video for the first Pirates film. It was set to the popular theme by Klaus Bedelt called ‘He’s a Pirate.’ Like all the other videos they had taken various film clips and cut it to match the music. This video though had taken it further than I had previously ever seen. Every beat of the song was perfectly timed to match a visual action on the screen. Suddenly, Pirates looked like an elaborate choreography to match its great music and it was incredible.
That was when I knew what I wanted to do...and so I did.
I started playing with anime clips on Windows Movie Maker because that was what I had available to me. Of course, the old XP version of Movie Maker was so rudimentary, it did not even have the effect that allowed you to slow down a clip. It was a cumbersome style that I had to learn to work with. Soon enough though, I was producing videos that I was proud of.
Then I began to branch out by making a series of trailer mashups with the TV show LOST, my new passion in sophomore year. Later on, I would make musical mashups. Then videos dedicated to a single television show or film. At some point my parents started considering my hobby as something more than an alternative to doing homework. By the time I went to college, I thought I might major in education because teaching could be 'cool.' and I was considering a minor in film. That lasted about a day before I switched my major to Cinema Studies and I have never looked back.
By then I was learning Adobe Creative Suite, as well as, After Effects and producing fan videos that looked a little more polished. I developed a sense of what worked and what didn’t, and now, I’m out in the world making my way as a freelancer! Life is strange that way.
And just for fun, enjoy an old relic that won an AMV contest back in 2011