Editors' Process Correspondence

Egoli Editing Team

From: Laura Bradley
To: Marge
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 4:41 PM
Subject: 'Editing Fashion'

Hi Laura, I got everyone together - Ilse Spies, Natasha Ellis and Mada Uys - at lunch time and we have answered your interview questions. We have digitised the material into one of our editing suites, and as time allows, they are working on the project. It is very much a team effort with Ilse playing the leading role.

Regards, Marge

Can you say something about your background?

We have approached the project as the Egoli editing department and all have different backgrounds and experience. Ilse has been with Egoli for 10 years and prior to that had extensive experience editing drama and doccies for the South African Boadcasting corporation. South Africa was one of the last countries to get television. Television broadcasting only started here in 1976. (By the way, we have one of the earliest film industries in the world. We have films made during the Anglo Boer War in 1900.) Natasha, after leaving film school, joined Egoli and has been with us for 8 years. Magda, after completing her Masters in Development and Management and lecturing Television at Potch University, joined Egoli 3 years ago.

Which field would you say you represent?

Drama

How do commissions normally come to you?

This doesn't apply to us.

Would you say you have a standard process for starting an edit?

Our process for starting is relatively standard in that we look at the material, do a first cut and then move quickly on to a fine cut. We edit 25 minutes a day so the pace is steady and relentless. Many of our episodes are shot single camera, film style.

Have you ever had to edit the same footage as someone else?

We have all had different experience, but mostly one doesn't get the chance to edit the same footage as other editors - that is what makes "Editing Fashion" such an interesting exercise.

What kind of issues does the concept of 'Editing Fashion', where a range of people tackle the same material throw up?

Because we are approaching it from a soap opera point of view, we are not necessarily using the most visual material, because we have decided to limit ourselves to telling a story and using the dialogue sequences.

How will you begin viewing the rushes? Do you start recording time codes straight off or do you watch and then start editing?

Because our time is very limited, we have selected the material that appeals to us as we view and then started editing immediately.

Do you use a storyboard?

No.

What software do you work on?

Avid

Have you had any initial thoughts on the Galliano footage so far?

The footage is visually exciting and very different from the material we are used to.

Do you find yourself working differently when working with fashion material?

Yes. We are used to telling stories with dialogue and picture. This material is totally visual.

To what extent do you find yourself employing a 'soap opera' approach?

The 'soap opera' approach probably comes out in the material we select and the story we tell.


Reza Bahramy

From: reza bahramy
Date: 3 April 2006 16:30:55 BDT
To: laura@showstudio.com
Cc: bahraminezhad@gmail.com
Subject: your answer ...

Dear Laura

This is your answers

Can you say something about your background?

I'm interested in music and painting more than cinema. I drew painting and caricature before I went to the university in Graphic field and I'm still interested in history of painting and music than cinema.

Which field would you say you represent?

I make use of people and real location in a Docudrama.

How do commissions normally come to you?

I don't have any agent for my works. now that my films have taken many awards in Iran, more producer know me and they order their films to me.

Would you say you have a standard process for starting an edit?

Yes... at the beginning I watch the rushes many time, after that, I find The idea for the main structure, and then I start to edit. I usually work all day.

Have you ever had to edit the same footage as someone else?

No this is the first time that I edit any film like this.

What kind of issues does the concept of 'Editing Fashion', where a range of people tackle the same material throw up?

One of attractivenesses of this project for me is to know what other participants have done with the same rushes. I have tried to arrange all that has interested me and I hope that my work will be different.

How will you begin viewing the rushes? Do you start recording time codes straight off or do you watch and then start editing?

I watch the rushes many time and then I begin to edit.

Do you use a storyboard?

For the beginning I write some notes, and I difine the main direction. But I never use story board.

What software do you work on?

Adobe premier and Edius

Have you had any initial thoughts on the Galliano footage so far?

Maybe John Galliano has done this kind of work for the first time,but i have seen this view about beauty in other forms of art.like "Diane Arbus" photography.

Do you find yourself working differently when working with fashion material?

I have a mental basis for all of my works.so for me it dosn't matter whether Im working for fashion or any other kind of arts.

Please let me know if the hard drive has arrived or not yet?

best wishes Reza


Mike Figgis

From: Nick Knight
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 16:46:00 +0000
To: Mike Figgis
Subject: Re: No Subject

Nick - my film just got cancelled - I'm back in London but have to go back to Vienna to pick up all of my stuff. I will get on with a cut of your footage in the next period and hope to have it ready soon.

All the best

mike

Dear Mike, I am very sorry to hear the film just got cancelled, I hope you weren’t too far down the line with it. The Editing project is going really well. We managed to get the West African editors we spoke about as well as Russian,Iranian,Chinese and many other really brilliant editors from different genres including News,Trailors and Porn. The SHOWstudio audience have been fantastic and there are some really imaginative films up there. I am very excited to see your film ,so thanks again.

Kindest regards,

Nick.


Apurva Asrani

From: "Apurva Asrani"
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 15:44:06 +0530
To: penny@showstudio.com
Subject: submission

Hi Penny, I'm done with my cut and am ready to send it to you. Will be sending a DV tape with the 5 minute film on it. Will send the hard disk back as is: I'm leaving the city tmrw and would like to despatch it asap.

Regards,
Apurva