Editors are storytellers – they bring a film to life in its final stages of production. Essentially, they tell the story for a third time (after it’s written and shot). And this time, the story doesn’t waver. The editor is in charge of working with the director to make permanent decisions.
Sounds like a lot of pressure, right?
So, let’s say you’re the editor. You’ve got some important considerations to make, such as:
- What is the premise of the film in front of me?
- How can I most effectively tell this story?
- What aspects of the characters do I need to bring out?
- What will the audience connect with most?
Making the first cut is always the hardest. Lucky for editors, there’s a talented guy named Walter Murch who’s outlined a way to prioritize the most important elements of an edit point. Touched on in more detail in his book In the Blink of an Eye, Murch gives a hierarchy to six different editing considerations.
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