CHAPTER 9

The First Screening

 

If a dialog editor cannot make his work invisible, he has overstepped.

Richard Fairbanks, rerecording mixer Sister Rose's Passion

All films have directors, and we must listen to them and respect them and honor their wishes, even though any honest sound editor must admit to fantasies of tossing him onto the floor and strangling him. “If only he'd listened to me, Rome would be saved.” Get a grip. It's not your film, and you may not be seeing the big picture. Besides, the director just may be right.

On a typical small film, the dialogue editor will meet with the director three or four times: just after you open the OMF and check it for accuracy; again near the end of your editing, when it's time to spot the ADR; ...

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