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Make the Cut by Diana Friedberg, Lori Coleman

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Chapter 15

On the Brink of Editing

It is possible for you to move up from assistant editor to editor on a television series as quickly as five years after the day you set foot in Hollywood! Some people even land a job as an editor on a student film, documentary, or independent feature right away. This is rare but not impossible.

I got my break to move up to editor on a movie of the week, Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery, when I was 24, just three years after moving to Hollywood. Understand, though, that prior to this opportunity I had worked my butt off. I cut film every chance I had, found several mentors, and worked outrageous hours. I was primed and ready to cut when Bud Isaacs, A.C.E., the editor, had to leave the film for health reasons. ...

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