It's already time again for the annual 90to5 Editing Challenge. Having been a juror for the last several years and again this year, I hope to encourage new and experienced editors to check it out. It not only provides a structure for a terrific exercise in editing, it's a lot of fun and there are some cool awards for the winners. 90to5 challenges participants to recut a feature length public domain film down to a 5 minute story without compromising its integrity or clarity. This is by no means an easy task, so I commend our 90to5 editors for putting in the time. I guarantee that whether you take home the top prize or not, the editorial process is an important one.
In previous posts about 90to5 over the years, I've waxed on about the art of editing and my early experiences in a contest called Trailer Park, so I'll refrain from repetition here, besides Larry Jordon articulates this much better.
Other great resources for editors are AOTG and Manhattan Edit Workshop. MEWSHOP has a YouTube channel with tons of short videos for editors, from technical and artistic how-to's, given by MEWSHOP instructors and guest editors who are at the top in their field. Check out what Larry Silk had to say about his work on PUMPING IRON.
In closing, I'd like to point out why I'm partial to the 90to5 challenge, and it's not just because they keep asking me to be a juror. This editing challenge is unique in a couple of ways. First and foremost is that it's open to anyone and everyone. Other contests are terrific, but not as inclusive. I've learned that gifted editors and other kinds of storytellers come from all sorts of backgrounds and disciplines. The second is that it's all online and attracts participants from around the world. Their forum allows contestants to yap about all things editing. This feature is underused, but I hope more folks will take advantage of it. The third is that 90to5 provides the editorial content by way of their resources page and at the same time gives fair warning about respecting copyright laws. Their blog and Facebook pages celebrate their participant's work and offer insightful tips and tricks for aspiring editors. It also reminds the rest of us who have been working in the business for awhile about why editing is so much fun.