Introduction

The Art

Editing is not a simple art form. It can take years to master and great technical skill to perform. It changes due to technological developments and cultural upheavals. Where a writer can survive on a pen and paper or a painter with a brush and canvas, an editor requires the support of expensive, highly complex equipment, as well as the efforts of often hundreds of people. These crews work together to deliver to the editor the raw materials—the dailies—with which to perform his art. He depends on them, and they depend on him.

Postproduction and editing encompass everything it takes to bring a film to completion. This includes storytelling, dialog, pacing, color, sound, visual effects, music, titles, and more. It is an art ...

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