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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 4th Edition by David K. Irving, Peter W. Rea

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Chapter 16

Pix Postproduction

The initial script itself from the time it was done was always a fifteen-page script. The final film was about ten minutes. So, we lost about five pages in the editorial process, which I think is part of the reason why when I initially saw the first cut I was kind of jolted. Your words are precious and what you are seeing is a fifteen-minute short film and there are certain things in it that you think are telling a story but when you get into [the] editing process you realize you don’t necessarily need everything you wrote. We began to economize and kept asking ourselves, is it telling a story? If it doesn’t tell a story, get rid of it. That was our mantra throughout the entire editing process. Tell the story. Tell ...

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