Frankenfilm: What to do as an Editor When you Receive Multi-Format Footage.

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For the last two years, I have been embedded with Triumph Cancer Foundation as a Development Consultant, Content Creator, and Social Media Manager. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is acquiring quality footage and audio to tell a cohesive story. The piece below is the result of receiving cell phone footage from an iphone via email (compressed), professionally shot footage at a live event that had music embedded over it, and photos sent in various sizes & quality.

I had to cut that in with additional footage that I shot on a Nikon DSLR, LG G4, LG ThinQ, and a Nikon Coolpix. I started with a journalistic approach in non-linear editing, then found the most compelling music the Client could afford. As the story “emerged” over the year of sourcing this project, I fine tuned it with the photo interstitial materials.

I then color corrected as best I could based on Chad’s iphone color profile for consistency. Honestly– that profile wasn’t the best, but I wanted consistency.

I have found over the years of editing that if you down-res to a reasonable size, like 1080p or even down to 720p, you can fix a multitude of sins with camera shake, low res photos (I recommend up-scaling in Photoshop first), and color. I used Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, & Photoshop on this video. Let me know if you like it. And special thanks again, to Chad for letting me document his recovery from cancer treatment.

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