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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures, 2nd Edition by John Purcell

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CHAPTER 18

When the Picture Changes

 

 

You've been editing the dialogue for weeks, and you've made thousands of detailed, interrelated edits and countless fragile overlaps. Knowing that the film was locked long ago, you confidently built your editorial house of cards. Now you learn that the director and picture editor have made hundreds of “small” changes. “Don't worry,” they tell you, “most of the changes are just a couple of frames each.” Will it be murder or suicide?

It's much more common to run into picture changes after lock-off than to work on a movie whose structure is set in stone. Changes happen, and it's unimportant why. When you get the “Oh, by the way” news that the picture editor has turned the film upside down, yet the temp dub ...

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