Film Editors Are People Too (?)
Q: How many editors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Change? I'm not changing shit.
Above, see a lengthy and quite interesting Q&A with Dede Allen, pioneering chick film editor ('Bonnie and Clyde', 'Serpico', 'Milagro Beanfield War', 'Slaughterhouse-5','Addams Family', etc.). She's something of a pain in the ass but all editors are to some extent and you would be too if you stayed locked in a room watching actors say the same thing over and over with no real perceptible change in performance. The video is in four parts and if only I'd watched the whole thing I could tell you if it's all worth watching. Her work was widely considered to be the best in the business, though Sidney Lumet was somewhat churlish about her contributions to 'Serpico' being singled out--given the low shooting ratio of Lumet's films its unlikely she had much more to do then clip the slates off, something that cannot be said of her work with the promiscuously over-shooting Arthur Penn.
Never trust a tanned editor...
Q: How do you get an editor to complain?
A: Give him a job.
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 12:26 PM