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February 3, 2023
A Day in the Life of a Movie Trailer Editor

A Day in the Life of a Movie Trailer Editor

Nearly everyone with some form of a display device has watched the trailer for an upcoming movie they were anticipating the release of, but how many of us can say that we’ve taken a peek into the unseen life of a trailer editor? Well, you’re about to be one of those who have, as we learn directly from an industry professional and uncover the less-known paths and lifestyles of movie trailer editors.

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Why SonduckFilm quit editing eSports (w/ Joshua Noel)

Why SonduckFilm quit editing eSports (w/ Joshua Noel)

Joshua Noel is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and popular YouTuber known as SonduckFilm. At over 730k subscribers and 76 million views, Joshua posts straight-to-the-point weekly video tutorials that cover various editing and motion graphic techniques for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. Joshua shares with us how he went from posting eSports videos to selling thousands of exclusive motion graphic templates to creators around the world.

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How an editor in his 20s made a hit show for Discovery (w/ Casey Faris)

How an editor in his 20s made a hit show for Discovery (w/ Casey Faris)

Casey Faris is an editor, educator, and popular YouTuber with almost 300k subscribers and over 26 million views. With a particular focus on DaVinci Resolve, Casey teaches his subscribers everything they need to know about post-production while also working as a training host at Ground Control and co-owning his own production company, Release the Hounds Studios. We discuss how Casey went from making short action films to professionally teaching editing online.

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Should you go freelance? (w/ Skyler Thomas)

Should you go freelance? (w/ Skyler Thomas)

Skyler Thomas, a passionate editor and YouTuber with over 186 thousand subscribers, started off with a degree in marketing before realizing that his interests lie in the creative industry. From recording camcorder footage of him skateboarding as a kid to editing his own sponsor videos as a competitive snowboarder, Skyler found his passion in filmmaking and editing and realized that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

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Editing is changing — are you keeping up? (w/ Steve Ramsden)

Editing is changing — are you keeping up? (w/ Steve Ramsden)

Steve Ramsden is a YouTuber and filmmaker with over 250k subscribers and 11M views under his belt. Steve is also the owner and founder of Unexplored Films, a UK-based video production company that’s created content for names like Xbox, Warner Bros., and Jamie Oliver. We discuss Steve’s journey as a business owner and content creator as we unveil his recipe for an equilibrium between client and passion projects, along with how to rocket-launch yourself as a freelance editor or videographer.

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Why do CG artists get hate? (w/ Chris Kelly)

Why do CG artists get hate? (w/ Chris Kelly)

As the VFX industry continues to gain popularity, Chris breaks down creating a portfolio and recommends how artists can stand out in their editing careers. Chris offers his insight on the opportunities available for artists in the future on the big screen and beyond in content creation as we explore how VFX artists’ roles will evolve as technology improves.

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The lightsaber that launched a YouTuber (w/ Brandon Fate)

The lightsaber that launched a YouTuber (w/ Brandon Fate)

Brandon Fate is a VFX artist and popular YouTuber with almost 200k subscribers and over 12.7 million views who teaches tutorials for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. With his latest video reaching over 184k people, Brandon shares how he went from a young Padawan to a skilled Jedi, turning his passion for editing into a full-time career.

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How Mark Helfrich Cut Dwayne Johnson Movies

How Mark Helfrich Cut Dwayne Johnson Movies

Mark Helfrich, who’s currently editing an upcoming Dwayne Johnson film, is a Hollywood film director and editor with over 50 editorial credits on some of our favorite films, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Showgirls (1995), and Predator (1987).

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How Premiere Gal Turned a $100k Mistake Into a Dream Career

How Premiere Gal Turned a $100k Mistake Into a Dream Career

Kelsey Brannan is the creator and host of the Premiere Gal channel with almost 400 thousand subscribers and over 25 million viewers watching as she teaches mainly Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials on YouTube. Her career began with a $100,000 mistake that set her on a path to success as a self-made professional editor and content producer today.

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How Justin Odisho Edited His Way to 1 Million Subscribers

How Justin Odisho Edited His Way to 1 Million Subscribers

While some types of content have a shelf life, Justin believes that content creation has the potential to compound on itself and acquire value over time as it reaches more people. We discuss the various strategies Justin uses to keep his YouTube channel alive and relevant, such as the power of experimenting and striking a balance between appealing to his audience and allowing space for his personal interests.

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How to Get Your Lucky Break (Learn How to Edit Stuff)

How to Get Your Lucky Break (Learn How to Edit Stuff)

As the popularity of esports increases daily, Ian offers advice on how to get noticed by name brands and find opportunities, noting that you’re going to hear a thousand “no’s” before you hear that one “yes,” but that’s all you need. When it comes to YouTube, Ian shares insight from his own growth as a content creator on how to monetize your videos and gain views.

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Why Sven Pape Stopped Editing for James Cameron (w/ ThisGuyEdits)

Why Sven Pape Stopped Editing for James Cameron (w/ ThisGuyEdits)

Inspired by the success of his daughter’s channel, Sven talks about starting his career on YouTube and how he balanced his professional work editing while experimenting and growing his channel. From sharing advice on how to make a career in editing to overcoming his most challenging experiences and moments of burnout, Sven covers a variety of topics that will help guide aspiring editors and filmmakers as they pursue their passions, just as he did.

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Succeed as a Freelance Video Editor

Succeed as a Freelance Video Editor

Whether you’re a full-time editor looking to make the leap to becoming a freelancer or you’re just getting started, anyone whose interest has been piqued by video editing knows what a revitalizing job it can be. Read on to discover how you can find success as a freelance video editor, from understanding what will change and what will stay the same once you transition, to actionable advice on jumpstarting your career.

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Analyzing the Action Movie Trailer

Analyzing the Action Movie Trailer

Though the use of tropes isn’t inherently bad, they can be detrimental to the plot when they’re not thoughtfully incorporated. Particularly in the action and horror genres, we see a variety of once-enticing tropes and editing techniques that have since been characterized as cliché. Don’t worry, we’ve gathered fresh insight to assist you in editing an action sequence that brings the heat, without burning out.

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5 Ways Editors Get Clients

5 Ways Editors Get Clients

When someone talks about being a trailer editor, do you picture them working in a dark room in front of their computer? Well, you wouldn’t be alone.

Many people don’t realize that the trailer industry is very customer-focused and that editors need to develop strong, trusting relationships with the marketing teams they work with. So, how does a trailer editor build a positive relationship with their clients? With the help of Brett Winn, creative director and founding partner of The Refinery, let’s examine the essential qualities that are required for an editor to do just that.

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Why SonduckFilm quit editing eSports (w/ Joshua Noel)

Why SonduckFilm quit editing eSports (w/ Joshua Noel)

Joshua Noel is a filmmaker, motion graphic designer, and popular YouTuber known as SonduckFilm. At over 730k subscribers and 76 million views, Joshua posts straight-to-the-point weekly video tutorials that cover various editing and motion graphic techniques for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. Joshua shares with us how he went from posting eSports videos to selling thousands of exclusive motion graphic templates to creators around the world.

read more
How an editor in his 20s made a hit show for Discovery (w/ Casey Faris)

How an editor in his 20s made a hit show for Discovery (w/ Casey Faris)

Casey Faris is an editor, educator, and popular YouTuber with almost 300k subscribers and over 26 million views. With a particular focus on DaVinci Resolve, Casey teaches his subscribers everything they need to know about post-production while also working as a training host at Ground Control and co-owning his own production company, Release the Hounds Studios. We discuss how Casey went from making short action films to professionally teaching editing online.

read more
Should you go freelance? (w/ Skyler Thomas)

Should you go freelance? (w/ Skyler Thomas)

Skyler Thomas, a passionate editor and YouTuber with over 186 thousand subscribers, started off with a degree in marketing before realizing that his interests lie in the creative industry. From recording camcorder footage of him skateboarding as a kid to editing his own sponsor videos as a competitive snowboarder, Skyler found his passion in filmmaking and editing and realized that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

read more
Editing is changing — are you keeping up? (w/ Steve Ramsden)

Editing is changing — are you keeping up? (w/ Steve Ramsden)

Steve Ramsden is a YouTuber and filmmaker with over 250k subscribers and 11M views under his belt. Steve is also the owner and founder of Unexplored Films, a UK-based video production company that’s created content for names like Xbox, Warner Bros., and Jamie Oliver. We discuss Steve’s journey as a business owner and content creator as we unveil his recipe for an equilibrium between client and passion projects, along with how to rocket-launch yourself as a freelance editor or videographer.

read more
What happens to editors in the Metaverse? (w/ Ignace Aleya)

What happens to editors in the Metaverse? (w/ Ignace Aleya)

As the Metaverse continues to develop, Ignace shares with us his advice on what tools and techniques VFX artists should learn to better their skills, how his academy will live in the Metaverse, and what opportunities artists can find within the Metaverse that take advantage of AR technology.

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Why do CG artists get hate? (w/ Chris Kelly)

Why do CG artists get hate? (w/ Chris Kelly)

As the VFX industry continues to gain popularity, Chris breaks down creating a portfolio and recommends how artists can stand out in their editing careers. Chris offers his insight on the opportunities available for artists in the future on the big screen and beyond in content creation as we explore how VFX artists’ roles will evolve as technology improves.

read more
The lightsaber that launched a YouTuber (w/ Brandon Fate)

The lightsaber that launched a YouTuber (w/ Brandon Fate)

Brandon Fate is a VFX artist and popular YouTuber with almost 200k subscribers and over 12.7 million views who teaches tutorials for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro. With his latest video reaching over 184k people, Brandon shares how he went from a young Padawan to a skilled Jedi, turning his passion for editing into a full-time career.

read more
How Mark Helfrich Cut Dwayne Johnson Movies

How Mark Helfrich Cut Dwayne Johnson Movies

Mark Helfrich, who’s currently editing an upcoming Dwayne Johnson film, is a Hollywood film director and editor with over 50 editorial credits on some of our favorite films, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Showgirls (1995), and Predator (1987).

read more
How Premiere Gal Turned a $100k Mistake Into a Dream Career

How Premiere Gal Turned a $100k Mistake Into a Dream Career

Kelsey Brannan is the creator and host of the Premiere Gal channel with almost 400 thousand subscribers and over 25 million viewers watching as she teaches mainly Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials on YouTube. Her career began with a $100,000 mistake that set her on a path to success as a self-made professional editor and content producer today.

read more