Chapter 1:Tools of the Film Editor

Several years ago I was asked to consult on a “problem” film. It was a low-budget independent film (an indie) being cut in Los Angeles. The editor was very competent at cutting video, but had no idea how to cut film. The producer of the film knew that this particular editor was very competent at working with NLEs (nonlinear editing systems), but had no idea about his editor’s film experience. In other words, the editor was in over his head.

Despite what you might think about this editor’s judgment, he was only doing what video editors have done for years. New video equipment is introduced all the time. For the savvy editor, it takes a short time to master new equipment. But in this case, the “new equipment” ...

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