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Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film, 2nd Edition by Susan Spohr, Barbara Clark

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6   Editorial (Film Editorial and Video Off-Line Editing)

Editing is a multilayered creative process. Takes are assembled from dailies to create scenes, and scenes are assembled to make a show, all according to the blueprint provided by the script.

The editor, being familiar with all of the footage, chooses the better takes of each scene to assemble into the first picture cut. Many variables are considered when choosing shots and cutting them together. Performances, the look of the shots, visual coverage, and the pace of the storytelling all contribute to the decisions made by the editor.

Editing begins with the first day of dailies and ends when all of the changes have been made and the opticals and stock footage have been cut in. At this point ...

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