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“Another way of looking at film editing” (Photos)

“I did not really realize what editing was until I was in the editing room myself.” ~Jodie Foster; Director; Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays
(Even people who have worked in the business for over 30 years aren’t fully aware of the importance of editing.)

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Our filmmaker have been editing all week, they’ve watch examples of different videos and received advise from the pros through a fantastic documentary “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing” then went back to work on their own projects.

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How do you translate what’s in the directors head to the final video?
Edit the rough draft, edit a second rough draft then edit some more.

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“As an editor, you only see what is on the screen, not what was going on at the time of shooting. And that’s how it’s going to look to the audience. I make it a principle not to… see anything other than the images that come to me from location.” ~Walter Murch

One of the challenges we faced as instructors was helping our young filmmakers realized you need more of everything to make your story come alive.


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“The editor didn’t inundate him or herself with a year and a half of pre-production, so the editor has the most objective eye in that creative environment.” ~Steven Spielberg; Director; Schindler’s List

All of our filmmakers were on the shoot, but when they started to edit it became a whole other beast, which in time they tamed very nicely.

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“By the time I’ve thought of an idea, written it, found the financing, cast the film, directed it, I get to the cutting room and it’s like I’ve washed up on shore. Because I’m so happy to be there. Then I think ‘Now we can start making the film.’” ~Alexander Payne; Director; Election, About Schmidt

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