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The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg

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Chapter 3

The Film Doctor Is In

The Profession

Where do editors come from? Why do people become editors? It has been said that the editor is someone who, if he were more ambitious, enthralled by working with actors, or loved to move the camera around, would be a director. In this sense the editor was a frustrated director. Many editors have, in fact, become directors, most notably David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and Doctor Zhivago) and Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West Side Story). But people who become editors do so because they love the challenge of story structure, the subtleties of character and the sublime experience of rhythm.

In my university classes I used to begin by asking everyone who wanted to be ...

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