I’ve been using Premiere Pro for 15 years editing corporate shorts for clients and doing creative sketch comedy on the side. For corporate work I can blast through because there’s usually a script and it’s simple. But for creative sketch comedy there is usually tons of ad-libbing and multiple takes and the art of the bit is really in the editing. I keep finding myself trying to science more humor out of a scene by trying tons of options for how to order the clips. For example there’s take 1 of person A and take 3 of person B’s response and it’s pretty genuine but longer. But take 2 of A and take 4 of B is quicker. And then of course all the close vs wide options. I tend to stack these options for easy enabling/disabling and I get so many stacks I start to lose my mind. I’ve also tried stringout sequences where I paste the clips that makeup the scene I want to science and then horizontally duplicate the cluster and tweak for each permutation. But then when swapping my current favorite cut of the scene back into main sequence I get more headaches when having to delete, make room for and replace dozens of clips.
When do you save options and when do you not? How do you resist the temptation to leave a place for alternative ordering in some sort of organizational format? Oh the permutations!!