CHAPTER 8

Managing Your Time

Unlike many kinds of film work, dialogue editing is amazingly unsupervised. If you’re editing the music or effects for a television special, or perhaps a documentary, you’ll usually be working with a client or a supervisor. But if you’re cutting dialogue on a feature film, you’re mostly left to your own devices. A dialogue job with a lot of work and only a deadline to guide you requires planning and discipline.

Screen First

I like to screen a film before I actually begin working on it, even before the initial spotting session. And I prefer to do this any place but the picture editing room, the worst imaginable listening environment. The ideal spot is the dubbing stage where the film will be mixed, ideally with the ...

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