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Lesson 18 - Editing

Film School Lesson 18 - Editing

They say the movie is made three times: when you write it, when you shoot it and when you edit it. Post-production is a very long, very tedious process that requires a great attention to detail. It is in the post-production phase when all of the editing, special effects, and finish work are done.


Film editing is an art that can be used in diverse ways. It can create sensually provocative montages. It can be a laboratory for experimental cinema. It can bring out the emotional truth in an actor’s performance. It can create a point of view on otherwise obtuse events. It can guide the telling and pace of a story. It can create the illusion of danger where there is none, create surprise when we least expect it, and create a vital subconscious emotional connection to the viewer.

But more importantly, how does a director communicate his vision to an editor? We’re going to take the footage you just shot and hire an editor to cut it for you. It’s up to you to make sure they understand exactly what you’re looking for.

 

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