After finishing principal photography on “Shantytown Soccer” (working title) we´ve started editing, and like most of our projects, we are editing on the Avid platform. Unlike Final Cut Pro, it is designed to be used by multiple editors and work on multiple projects at the same time. But what I like most is that it is actually not “intuative” like Final Cut–by being more difficult, it makes you think before you cut and plan your projects. Avid also encourages the use of the keyboard instead of the mouse, which saves time.
So, what´s the first step of editing a documentary? In this case, we filmed in HDV so we had to capture the media from cassette tapes (newer cameras are using cards more, which means that you can download the media to your editing island in less than real time), then you organized the media, and begin making selections. This for me is always the least interesting part, but with this documentary I am encountering nice surprises all the time. Like when Pamela, a realy talented player, tries to throw the ball back into play and two boys cross her path, not even noticing her. The expression on her face is priceless.