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Advice on editing

Advice on editing.

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- Editing is a craft that takes years to learn and perfect and any editor will tell you that they're still doing it. So the best thing you can do is just keep at it, keep practicing. - Cut as much as you possibly can as frequently as possible. Go out and shoot stuff just so you can cut it. Give yourself a task and give yourself some constraints and get a smartphone, get some, download some free software or some inexpensive software and just cut. Cut and cut and cut. Try things. Try juxtaposing images. Try putting music over things. Just feel it out and experiment and don't, say I wanna tell a story with these three things and then try it or say I don't care if it makes any sense, I just wanna feel this. Just cut. The more you work on your craft, the better you get at it. - And be tenacious. Tenacious beats talent. In other words, the more you want it, the stronger you go after it. It's more important than if you're talented. - The more you work on something, the better you feel about it. The more you apply yourself to it, the prouder you are of it and this is the part that can be hard to remember. The harder the problem is that you have to solve, the more proud you are of the solution that you come up with. - If you're drawing to get a job, that's not good. You gotta draw for yourself. You gotta draw sort of based on your inner feelings. If you're thinking, if I draw this amount, I'm gonna get in Pixar, that doesn't help. You wanna look around and find the truth around you, find what's funny. If you're in your basement all day drawing, that's not good either. You need to get out. - Listen and watch and read other stories too just to immerse yourself in different kinds of stories. - It's great to watch a lot of movies, think critically about the scenes, see what's working, what's not. When you are watching a movie, think about how does this, listen to the sounds. Think about how the sound is helping the storytelling. - Putting yourself outside of your comfort zone has always benefited me creatively and personally and it kinda just opens up your mind to different ideas and points of view. - One thing that helped me was that I was a camp counselor at a summer camp one summer and it got me out of drawing in my basement and those experiences have helped my films amazingly. The opening line for Dug in Up is I have just met you and I love you and that's taken from a kid who ran up to me at summer camp and said, didn't know me, little kid, you're my counselor, I love you like that and all these things that you can sorta store up and they come back into your work all the time. So get out and experience the world but bring your sketchbook. - And the world is changing too. I think a lot of girls are applying for animation schools. Right now, the enrollment is about 70% girls in a lot of animation schools. So the landscape's changing which is awesome and for me, I found a lot of inspiration from a lot of online artists, lot of online female artists. I think it's not just the people around you. Now, with the internet, it's like we're connected with the whole world so you're bound to find a lot of like-minded people like you anywhere in the world too and it's a great feeling to feel like you're not alone. Yeah.