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The Film Editing Room Handbook: How to Tame the Chaos of the Editing Room, Fourth Edition by Norman Hollyn

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3. Before the Film Begins

Before your editing computers, tape machines, bookcases, and desks move into the editing room, there are things that you, as an assistant editor, must do. The first task, of course, is to get hired on the job—but let’s assume you’ve already managed that (for an exploration of that topic, see Chapter 15, “The Hardest Job of All—Finding a Job”).

Let’s say you’ve just been hired for director Adam Free’s new picture, Silent Night, Silent Cowboy, a fictitious project used throughout this book. Your editor is a woman named Wendy Libre. (As an aside, traditionally, more women work in editing than almost any other film trade.) What should you do before the editing begins?

After Wendy hires you, the first thing to do is determine ...

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