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The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg

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Foreword

My first “cut” as a fledgling editor was just that: I was given a roll of film and a pair of scissors and told to cut and paste the pieces of a travelog together. Of course, the edges never matched. Luckily, I soon graduated to a splicer, but even then editing was a world away from today’s situation. I was working on an upright Moviola with 16 mm film, which had a tendency to shred, and a monitor image the size of a postcard.

I found editing a universe I loved to inhabit, but I wanted to learn the craft in depth. This was in the days before film schools were as omnipresent as Starbucks stores (which didn’t exist then). UCLA, USC, and NYU required four years for a bachelor’s degree or two for a master’s, and you had to spend your time ...

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