Chapter 6

Genre Editing Styles I

Expectations Posed by Genre

It’s all about sex. Or laughter. Or tears. It’s about your life and your friends’ lives. It’s about genre. And, for the film doctor, his genre patients take many forms.

A surprise that confronts editors who have flourished in a particular genre is the hesitation of producers to hire them for films in other genres. Until an editor has proven himself in comedy, for instance, it may be difficult for him to land an assignment in that genre. This is a classic Catch-22. Without experience the editor may not get the job, yet how will he gain the knowledge if he has never worked in that genre? This chapter helps to supply that knowledge.

Conventions

An important first step in understanding ...

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