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Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

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CHAPTER 21

The Art and Technique of Editing

For my style, for my vision of cinema, editing is not simply one aspect; it is the aspect.

Orson Wells (From Cahiers du Cinéma, n°84, 1958)

As an editor, you decide the meaning the spectator is going to get from the combination of pictures and sounds you give. Film [is not] a film until it is edited and that’s so important you almost don’t see it.

Mathilde Bonnefoy (editor, Run, Lola, Run) [From Edgecodes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (2004; directed by A. Shuper)]

I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of filmmaking. If I wanted to be frivolous, I might say that everything that precedes editing is merely a way of producing film to edit. Editing is the only unique aspect ...

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