What does a professional Film Editor’s timeline look like?
Two years have passed since my last post taking a long look at numerous film editing timelines, so I thought it was time to bring together another collection of the best timeline screenshots I’ve been gathering since then, into another useful resource. I hope you enjoy the view!
But I thought I’d kick off the top of this post with one or two of the worst timelines I’ve ever seen, the very top image I saw on Twitter.
There’s not much to say other than: don’t do that.
This gem I noticed on Reddit under the title ‘I pray for the sweet taste of a bullet‘.
Right, now back to more constructive examples…
Outside of watching the final cut, looking at a film editor’s video editing software timeline is one of the few ways to see how someone else does it. There’s also a lot you can learn if you pay attention, things like:
- how to label your tracks
- methods of staying organised
- how deeply editors craft sound design
- the importance of audio key-framing and effects
- the use of temp VFX and more.
UPDATE – Mission Impossible Editor Eddie Hamilton’s Timeline Template
Mission Impossible:Rogue Nation and Mission Impossible: Fallout editor Eddie Hamilton, ACE shared this detailed breakdown of his own editing Avid timeline set up, all 23 video and audio tracks of it, with Steve Hullfish during an Art of The Cut interview.
So you can see how an high-end Hollywood franchise editor keeps things organised and coherent while wrangling hundreds of hours of footage, visual effects plates and turnovers and much more.
Editor Vashi Nedomansky then created this free Premiere Pro timeline template, all labelled and ready to go, based on Eddie’s established system. Vashi also shared some great tips on seeing track names and working effectively in Premiere Pro, in his post too.
In this 7 minute breakdown from Film Editing Pro, you can learn what each video and audio track could be used for, when laying out your timeline like a Hollywood editor would.
For more great free training from Film Editing Pro check out this post which features 45 minutes of free lessons on cutting trailers.
— Twain Richardson (@twainrichardson) November 22, 2016
Inside Professional Editing Timelines
In this popular previous post Inside Professional Editing Timelines, you can check out the timelines of some great editors and some great projects. Films such as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Suicide Squad, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and many others.
You can also see several timelines evolve over time as editor’s have shared chronological screen-captures of their work, sometimes weeks or months apart.
Feature Film Editors Timelines
— Eddie Hamilton (@eddiehamilton) December 19, 2017
— Evan Schiff (@schiffty) December 13, 2016
Be sure to click on the image in this tweet from John Wick 2 (and up-coming 3) editor Evan Schiff to see a side-by-side comparison of his initial assembly and the final picture lock, under a year later.
— Avid (@Avid) May 2, 2018
Timeline beasts and other things that keep you awake at night… pic.twitter.com/mhc42hYHdV
— Andy Wild (@CauseandFX) September 22, 2017
Almost 5 yrs since Hobbit was released and the Post Production Numbers are still impressive…@MediaComposer
— Andy Wild (@CauseandFX) September 22, 2017
These numbers shared by editor Andy Wild, from a talk he attended presented by Dan Best, covered the monstrous Hobbit post production schedule.
The opening highway scene in DEADPOOL (2016) Here's the Premiere Pro project template and camera shake presets we used on the film: https://t.co/sIc758xry5#timelinetuesday #filmmaking pic.twitter.com/5VW4YixD55
— Vashi Nedomansky, ACE (@vashikoo) May 22, 2018
— Vashi Nedomansky, ACE (@vashikoo) August 29, 2016
TV Show Editing Timelines
Loved the bizarre “Teddy Perkins” episode from @AtlantaFX? Take a look at editor Kyle Reiter’s Premiere Pro timeline in celebration of #TimelineTuesday!
#AtlantaFX | #PremierePro pic.twitter.com/OjtNxjUqva
— Adobe Video & Motion (@AdobeVideo) May 8, 2018
— Mark Hartzell, ACE (@tweetermf) March 2, 2016
You can read more on how Mark Hartzell cut the season finale of Marvel’s Agent Carter, in this short post on the Avid blog.
Since @GlowNetflix season two debuts on Friday, I thought I'd share the timeline from one of the most insanely fun episodes I've had the pleasure to edit. I love all of season two but 208 is a standout for sure. #TimelineTuesday pic.twitter.com/oUqfieMMrN
— Tyler L. Cook (@tyleredits) June 27, 2018
— Orlando Machado Jr (@machetecuts) May 11, 2016
— Avid Media Composer (@MediaComposer) November 8, 2016
— Tyler L. Cook (@tyleredits) August 1, 2017
— Joel Fisher (@joelfisheredits) June 19, 2018
— Geofrey Hildrew, ACE (@GeofreyHildrew) November 2, 2016
— Nathan Orloff (@NateOrloff) December 14, 2016
— Roderick Deogrades (@roddeos) April 18, 2018
— Rob Hedrick (@RobTVLA) December 20, 2016
Documentary Editing Timelines
— Steve Audette, ACE (@stevecutsdocs) December 27, 2016
Steve Audette ACE cuts a lot of Frontline documentaries. I’ve also covered his work several times on the blog which you can dive into here.
— Steve Audette, ACE (@stevecutsdocs) August 30, 2016
— Steve Audette, ACE (@stevecutsdocs) July 7, 2016
— SHANE ROSS ? (@comebackshane) April 26, 2017
— SHANE ROSS ? (@comebackshane) November 29, 2016
— Jesse Jokela (@jessejokela) September 10, 2016
— Guillermo Cobo (@guillecobo) December 19, 2016
Short Film Timelines
— Avid Media Composer (@MediaComposer) May 5, 2017
— Ben Mills (@benjaminmills) April 24, 2018