So I’ve been amazed recently by not only the incredible ideas and changes that individuals are coming out with, but also the way that the commuity as a whole are rallying around those ideas to add insight and further thought in a really focused way. A good example of this being the puppet show idea that’s recently burst into focus over in Hal’s TROS thread.
This community is such a talented place - with the thinkers and ideas people being just as valuable as those with technical skills - but I’ve been thinking that there’re so many disparate locations where ideas come up, that there must be brilliant ideas that’ve gone undiscovered, or as-yet unthought.
So I was thinking I’d see if there’d be interest in something like community focus months. These wouldn’t get in the way of any existing edits or seek to impose anything at all on any editors, but would instead take a single movie (or maybe a TV show), and give it a focused place for discussion, for a limited(ish) time period. I know we have major episode working threads, and we have the radical ideas threads, but I imagine these monthly threads as a place where, for the month, everyone who was up for it might:
- Optionally choose to rewatch the source material or their favourite edits of that source
- Highlight their favourite elements from their favourite edits, which perhaps others are unaware of
- Highlight from the source material the elements which might provide unexplored opportunities for further editing
- Highlight any forgotten ideas in the various threads for edits of that source, which they think deserve to be brought back to the fore
- Resurrect any older radical ideas which are maybe more possible with the new technologies we now have
- Discuss, review, mock-up, revise, create new elements which editors can choose to use
To my mind, the quality of output of this community always leaps forward when multiple people focus on a single goal - often quite a small goal. This would be an attempt to create an environment to foster that. I don’t intend it to be particularly structured (my bullets above wouldn’t be a prescriptive bit of homework or anything), but for example it’d be an opportunity for us all to take Phantom Menace off the shelf at the same time and collectively think “These edits from this editor work really well, these edits from this other editor work really well, I think there’s an opportunity here to do X, a while ago someone mentioned Y idea but the technology wasn’t quite there, I like what editor Z seems to be doing but they may need support”, etc etc.
Do we feel like there’s value here? Or am I being redundant around all of the existing threads?