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Film Directing Fundamentals, 2nd Edition by Nicholas Proferes

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Chapter 12

Postproduction

A great sense of accomplishment mixed with a good dose of physical and mental exhaustion usually occasions the “wrapping” of a film. At this time, for the good of the film, the director should go away to rest, relax, and cleanse the artistic palate. The film is by no means finished, and much psychic energy is yet to be expended.

Editing

A dear friend of mine and former colleague at Columbia, the late Ralph Rosenblum, one of the great film editors, author of When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story, had a jaundiced view of directors and believed that he and all good editors existed to salvage the film — to cover up errors of omission, to fabricate meaning when there was none — in short, to save ...

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