9 The Review Process

They say that writing is really rewriting.

Editing is very much the same; it's all about review and revision. We cannot overemphasize the importance of feedback and adjustment. It is the nature of any creative activity, but in postproduction especially, that the closer you are to something, the harder it is to see.

This is not meant to be some Zen koan. It's just that when you have spent days in the editing room with the same material, you are so focused on the details, and you know the footage so well, that it is literally hard to see it for what it is. In postproduction, we talk about “fresh eyes.” This simply means bringing in new people to review cuts of your piece at strategic milestones.

Sometimes the review process ...

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