Chapter 9

Internal Medicine

Coverage

One of the delightful aspects about professional editing is how each morning or afternoon a package will appear on the doorstep of your editing room. Contained within it are toys for you to play with. It is probably as close as you can get to nursery school as an adult, and also be paid for it. Those toys are the previous day’s coverage.

Coverage is what an editor has to work with. As the name implies, coverage is achieved through the variety of angles that the director captures in order to cover all the necessary action and dialog contained within a scene. From this range of possibilities the editor must select the best candidates to construct the film. In features, the coverage arrives each day of production ...

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