There was a time, not long ago when, if someone asked how motion pictures were edited, you could hand them a book. It was a fairly short and straightforward book explaining the process of work printing, syncing, editing, and conforming. All films were shot and edited in, more or less, the same way. The editors all knew what was expected of them, the lab knew what their role was, and the costs were simply the costs.
Those days are gone with the dinosaurs and the ten-cent cup of coffee. That well-worn path through the woods is now overgrown with brush, and filmmakers can be seen stumbling blindly through the trees and undergrowth in search of the fastest and cheapest route between here and there. Now and then, someone shouts ...