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By Vincent LoBrutto

Interviews with 21 trendy function movie editors spotlight this long-overdue examine the position of movie editors, the significance in their paintings, and the character in their craft. prepared to supply old continuity and to track expert collaborations one of the matters, Selected Takes positive factors editors whose credit contain such different motion pictures as Ben Hur, The French Connection, The Godfather, and E.T.

Each bankruptcy features a short creation to the artist, historical past info, a filmography of feature-length works, and private reminiscences of particular movies, manufacturers, and administrators, in addition to invaluable reviews on modifying strategies. A word list of phrases well-known in movie enhancing and pertinent references present in the interviews supplement the paintings. movie scholars, students, and educators, in addition to movie pros and moviegoers, will locate Selected Takes either exciting and instructive.

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Then I go through the process of examining all of the existing material very carefully and weave it into that basic framework. Were there big master scenes of the battle? How do you know what is going on in the scene? The master is more valuable as information about the general scheme of the scene, but in action scenes you can't stay in a master for very 26 Selected Takes long. You have to cut; things have to be happening editorially. Scenes of large scope can only sustain so long and then you have to get in close.

It has varied tremendously with different editors, but my experience tends to have been pretty much a nine-to-six day, whether it's William Reynolds 17 in the independent field or not. For many years it was a six-day week. You worked Saturdays. The motion picture business was one of the last to go to a five-day week. There are lots of horror stories around of editors who have worked horrendous hours. I work very hard in the course of a day and by the end of the day I'm tired. If I have to go back in the evening I can usually have a meal, recharge my batteries, and go back and work more, but I don't like to and I don't usually have to.

Scenes of large scope can only sustain so long and then you have to get in close. This is a generalization; in Lawrence of Arabia there were big master scenes that really played. Because of tight schedules, many producers are putting more than one editor on a film. How do you feel about that? It works better than I would have anticipated. " The way a director shoots tends to dictate the editorial style, and consequently, the styles of two or more editors don't diverge that much. Where do you think the future of film editing is heading?

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