Jewel’s Catch One, the new award-winning documentary by C. Fitz

46 – 5 Ways to Edit More Efficiently + Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, C. Fitz

November 3, 2017

5 Ways to Edit More Efficiently

To edit a documentary can be a tricky, sometimes frustrating business, even for the more seasoned veterans.  But for the less experienced, the edit can just be a downright intimidating, or worse, even project-ending phase.  We, of course, do not want this to happen to any of you.  So for the opening salvo of this week’s episode, we’ve put together a list of suggestions that will not only help ease your editing pain, but it should get you to be able to edit in a more efficient manner!

Shared Conversation with a Doc Industry Guest

And in our shared conversation with a doc industry guest segment, we spoke with television & marketing vet, commercial and documentary filmmaker, C. Fitz, who while finishing up on her first doc (ShowGirls, Provincetown, MA), came across instant inspiration for her latest documentary, Jewel’s Catch One, in the form of her awe-inspiring and charismatic subject, Jewel Thais-Williams.

Commercial and documentary filmmaker, C. Fitz

Among topics discussed:

  • can documentary films truly create change?
  • how can our documentary subjects sometimes inspire us as people?
  • how her reality tv experience informed her documentary work
  • how social media is now critical to a documentary filmmaker


Additional Notes

Example of Chris G. Parkhurst’s drive infrastructure



As mentioned in our opening segment on 5 Ways to Edit More Efficiently, number four was Create a Drive Infrastructure.  As promised, I’ve taken a screenshot of the drive infrastructure that I always use on projects.  Feel free to use yourself.  Play around with it, see what works for you, what doesn’t, add or subtract folders as you see fit.  And by all means, share with us some of your drive infrastructure ideas, by leaving a comment below!

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View Trailer for Jewel’s Catch One

Help Jewel!!

Please consider helping get C. Fitz and Jewel Thais-Williams get Jewel’s Catch One out and into the world by making a contribution of any size to their GoFundMe campaign.




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4 comments on “46 – 5 Ways to Edit More Efficiently + Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, C. Fitz

  1. Julie Nov 6, 2017

    Ironically, while setting up a refreshed version of my editing command center this evening, I was delighted to hear one of your tips was about how to keep one’s computer desk. I smiled when you mentioned that too much clutter and decor can be distracting and that helped seal the deal on a few items I’d be thinking about hanging in front of my desk. 🙂

    I also appreciate you sharing your Drive Infrastructure. Your format looks simple and logical enough. Thanks for sharing that.

    • thedocu5 Nov 6, 2017

      Hi Julie, yeah its funny how sometimes what seems to be a simple suggestion actually turns out to be just the thing we need to hear. That happens a lot for me! 😉

      Are there any things that you have found successful that you might impart to us?


      • Julie Nov 6, 2017

        I sit so that the window is to my right and right next to me. I’m not always looking out there but it is nice to remember this strange thing they call the outdoors when in the middle of a 12+ hour editing binge. Keeps me from going stir crazy.

        • thedocu5 Nov 6, 2017

          Ah, yes. Windows to my left. (Just not directly in front!)

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