Chapter 12

Navigating the Room

How to navigate your way through the editing room is a skill that should be part of the assistant editor’s job description. It will serve you well when you learn to read the room’s atmosphere and figure out when to keep your head down.

Working in close quarters creates the need for a social dance. When choreographed well, the editing room functions smoothly. It takes just one participant to tip the scales away from an amiable atmosphere. Figuring out the politics of seating arrangements, how to enter the cutting room, how long you should stay, when to give an opinion, and when to answer the telephone, are decisions that need to be made in a split second. The editing room is filled with egos, including your own. ...

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