Cut from the heart.

Walter Murch assembling Apocalypse Now

Editors are storytellers and their trade is one of the most important crafts in moviemaking. A good editor flawlessly interprets life while effectively taking out the chuffa in-between the heart of a scene. An editor develops the story and through a cut, at times revises the script. The process of watching one shot and anticipating the next is a step-by-step program to feeling and understanding a performance. To me riding the edge of your seat is controlled by the placement of provoking images. When I watch a dramatic piece of film I am feeling what the editor felt was an appropriate response. It is what the editor decides to show and decidedly not show that makes me want to get a closer look and peek inside Pandora’s box. The art of revealing the necessary and holding back for the mystery is what keeps me guessing, thinking and forever watching.

“Looking at a first assembly is kind of like looking at an overgrown garden. You can’t just wade in with a weed whacker; you don’t yet know where the stems of the flowers are.” – Walter Murch

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