‘Ombiviolum’ Band Promo and killing your babies

Storyteller and musician, Iwan Kushka, approached me with some footage of his band Ombiviolum.  He wanted to put together a promo for their website.  We sat together and ‘killed his babies’.  This is a phrase which means cutting out stuff that you’re very attached to that doesn’t serve the overall film.  It often takes an external eye to see it because the director is usually too attached.  In this case, Iwan wanted out of focus shots that I thought were terrible.  He wanted them because they were of band members who otherwise wouldn’t feature in the video.  As the editor, I’m always looking for the best shots to make the best promo.  But Iwan was not wanting to offend band members.  It feels ruthless, rather like killing your babies.


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