On occasion, I’m asked what my best work is. Other times, I’m asked which is the best project I’ve worked on.
The answers to these questions aren’t always the same.
Sometimes, when you’re working on a really polished product, where the footage is well shot, sound is recorded perfectly and the director is organized and clear with what he wants, all I do really is to not screw it up. That’s when a great team effort culminates in a good commercial, film or program.
On the other hand, sometimes a project arrives in your hands as a complete mess, and it’s through relentless searching through rushes, splicing individual words or syllables, finding the most obscure cutaways, making non-native speakers sound fluent, that you salvage a decent product from what could have been an unmitigated disaster.
When you put these two different project side by side, the difference in overall quality may be stark, even startling. But sometimes, your best and most inspired work comes from saving lost causes.
On a seperate but remotely related note, the proliferation of easy to use NLEs has heralded the rise of youtube/flash video mashups, some amusing, many crap.
Here are a few that I found interesting.