Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival Trailer

The Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival will take place between the 15th-26th of June, now in its landmark 70th edition the festival trailer brief was to include as many of the films as possible. It was cut in 4 days and I love the creativity of this type of fast paced job, where you’re collecting up all these films and create new meaning and association out of the clips. Hopefully it has a nice balance of fun and creativity and will encourage people to check out the festivals selection for 2016.

The project was edited on Final Cut Pro X and I was able to include 112 films (I think probably the most ever included in the EIFF trailer) and I confirmed everything to fit a 2.35 aspect ratio. I worked as the Digital content producer for the festival in 2011 and I know from experience what a hard, but incredibly rewarding job creating the trailer can be. 5 years ago things were alot harder with most of the films being a nasty mix of frame rates, aspect ratios, formats and codecs so made it a big editing challenge.

For the 2016 version the quality of the films and editing software allowed to to push passed technical issues much quicker, to get to the funs stuff – choosing and position clips including Trainspotting and childhood favourite E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. It’s a mountain of content to sift through and to cut films of these caliber down to a two or three shots is tricky. But my hope was to not choose really obviously shots and link them well where possible. Hopefully people like my toilet humour 😉

Homecoming Scotland 2014 Showcase


This week I was commissioned to edit a showcase Homecoming Scotland 2014 events for Visit Scotland. The film provides a short, sharp and punchy snapshot of some of the Homecoming events from the first six months and what’s yet to come.


On a technical note:using so much recycled material from their archive meant having to try and remove lots of preexisting embedded graphics. I was able to do 90% but resizing and using a 2.35 aspect ratio to hide things, but there remains a few elusive ones that I couldn’t remove. Such is life. It does irritate me though, clean content next time please!

When dealing with a project like this that contains a wide variety of aspect ratio, format and styles clients can forget that you don’t just drop it all together, it can take time to conform things to standards and integrating the motion graphics (especially across programmes) take time. The project was edited on FCP 7 (yes, still struggling on before I jump to Premier or X…) and After Effects CS 5 for the motion graphics.