Another extremely valuable book about editing is Walter Murch's In the Blink of an Eye
. It's based on a lecture he gave about editing. It must have been a rather long lecture. It's a slim book, but it's quite meaty. More nuggets:
a. It is the job of an editor to present the director with a different version of the film than the one he envisioned. That puts the director's vision into stress, making him question it. If it's a good vision, the director will know why his version is better. If not, the conflict between the editor's new proposal and the director's vision causes a new, better version to come out.
b. Your relationship with your film when you see it on the small screen of the Avid is not the audience's relationship with the screen in a movie theater. So you may stress about things that the audience won't. Murch will sometimes cut out little tiny paper people to stick at the bottom of his screen, to remind him of the relationship of the audience to the thirty foot high screen.
More to come, I'm sure, as I go through the book.
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