Chapter 1Deep Assessment

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.

Chris Grosser

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, she turned into a butterfly.

English Proverb

In our first book, Make the Cut, we shared guidelines about how to become an extraordinary assistant film editor. We discussed the unwritten rules of etiquette and protocol in the cutting room, the process of dailies to online, negative cut or digital intermediate (DI) and the inherent paperwork involved with organizing and managing the editing room. We intimated some of the more fortuitous personality traits. We said that if you wanted to be an editor, you had to be an outstanding assistant editor first. We are confident that, by following our guidelines, ...

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