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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Chapter 15. Edit to the Investment

When a motion picture is being cut together during post-production, the editor and the director work as a team. Their job is to physically glue shots, scenes, and sequences together to establish the rhythm, pace, and dramatic tone of the movie suggested in the original script. Those qualities were, after all, what the studio and its executives responded to in the first place; they were the "sell points" that kicked the project into gear. Because that’s what the executives paid everybody for, that’s what they’re naturally going to want to see on the screen. And so the editor and the director work, in this last phase of production, to craft a final product that meets those expectations—optimally, to bring the script ...

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