by Steve Rhodes
Question by smkndofpnutdssrt: How does editing differ for live action and animated films?
This is something I’ve wondered just now, because I want to go into film editing and post production. In live action film actors/objects/scenes are shot at different angles and then the editor chooses which shots to put where and for however long a duration. Wouldn’t there be less editing involved in an animated film because the shots are already on storyboards before the animation even begins? Or is editing done before rendering? (I never really understood what rendering was all about, but yeah)
Answer by Dave
You’ve essentially got it. You do need to edit animation, but to a less extent. Think of it this way, when shooting film or video, the recording process is very easy, it is not hard to let the camera roll for several seconds after the director yells “cut” (something you should always do BTW) so you create more footage for the editor to sort through and edit out. In animation, when you’re drawing everything it takes real effort to add several seconds, so usually you only animate what you need. After animation, you still need to edit to put the scenes in order, get the timing right, add sound and all the usual editing stuff, so for something like an animated feature the editing process would be pretty intense, but no where near a live action.
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