TED’s Ten Tips for Editing Video

Kari Mulholland, one of the editors behind the most watched lectures online, shares some tips on she and the TED Team edit live presentations.

TED Editing

1. Choose the best camera angles for each moment. As you look at your footage, your goal is to balance speaker intent with the expectations of the web audience. Think about where the audience would want to be looking at different points during the talk if they were in the room — that will help you select the best camera angle to reconstruct each moment. By thinking about that, you are also choosing angles that help the speaker better express his or her story.

2. Use more close-ups and medium shots than wide shots. It’s important to cut between different camera angles so that the audience understands the space where the TED Talk took place. But once the talk is contextualized, close-ups and medium shots hold the most meaning for the audience. It’s engaging to watch speakers’ facial expressions and body language as they speak and, with a closer view, you can just see it better.

3. Watch a speaker’s body language and pay attention to the way they talk. Language is embodied. A speakers’ thoughts, words and breath are all revealed through their body language. Meanwhile, each speaker has a unique rhythm and cadence to their voice. If you pay attention to these things, it will provide a natural rhythm for your editing and it will all feel intuitive for the audience, too.

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The Story of Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Structure

Justin Morrow traces the history of story and how we approach the human endeavor of explaining what happened.


It is a truism that, “we tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ But, it is also remarkable what a human characteristic the drive for narrative is. We’ve been telling stories since we learned how to communicate, and that the experiences of everyone who has ever lived and died in the history of the world are both altogether unique and so similar is why we can have stories to begin with; to a degree, we all live the same story (that’s deep.) And the way we’ve been telling those stories in the West still owes much to the work of Aristotle. We’ve shared a rundown of the evolution of narrative, its study, and how both can help you become a more successful screenwriter, so continue on to find out more.

The Greeks

If you’re any sort of creative writer, you’ve no doubt heard the dictum, “Show, don’t tell.” Familiar as this dictum is to the screenwriter, it was, shockingly, not coined by Syd Field. Aristotle, writing about Sophocles and his tragedies in the fourth century B.C.E., (specifically Oedipus Rex, which contained one of drama’s most famous twists, and which Aristotle considered a perfect work of drama) put it that:

Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its katharsis of such emotions.

Even before Rome, it was already established that the only acceptable story was one full of dramatization, the acting out of a situation unto its solution, without the situation being explicitly stated (that is, no one can say, “Man, it is sure rough being on this Planet of the Apes.” They have to see the Statue of Liberty.)

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House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon

House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles. Artiz Moreno’s short film, Colera, follows with an ominous glimpse of a town that decides to take the law into their own hands, without considering the consequences.


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