It all started with a blade, in dimly lit rooms with chinagraph pencils and rickety hand-driven winders. There were no dissolves, no effects, just cuts. And masterpieces were created.

Chaplin, Eisenstein, Welles, Capra, Wilder, Hitchcock — each and every one of these great directors worked with far less sophisticated equipment than you and I, and, yet, truly great films were made.


It may have all started with a blade, yet in the modern world editing takes place on sophisticated work stations with more power than the computers used to send ...

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