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Make the Cut by Diana Friedberg, Lori Coleman

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Chapter 10

The Unwritten Rules of the Editing Room

Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them.

The Golden Rule, adapted from Matthew 7:12

Talent is cheaper than table salt.What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

Stephen King

Now that you have learned about your assisting duties, there are certain social skills you must develop for use in the cutting room. These skills involve common-sense rules about manners and protocol. They are as important to your career as your technical skill level and should be honed with equal vigor.

How to anticipate needs, read peoples’ emotional states, and contribute an energetic, positive ambience to the editing room are skills that will be learned ...

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