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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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The Job of Cutting

 

The editor is responsible for the film from the time the processed camera original is printed to the time the final edited version of the film is shown to an audience. He combines artistry and technique and gives the film a definite pace. His job starts when the film has been shot and processed. Few films are shot in the order in which scenes occur in the finished film and many scenes are photographed more than once, so the editor’s first job is to sort out the right scenes and the best takes and assemble them in script order. He then fine cuts the assembly, cutting from scene to scene at the most advantageous points. When the film is completed audiences will hear only one sound track but in the cutting room a number of ...

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