Moderator Debra Kaufman bypassed all the usual technical talk about systems and platforms and technologies in favor of a wide-ranging and personal discussion about creativity: how do editors foster and nurture it, how do they deal with creative blocks, and more.

The panel was composed of a fantastic lineup of truly talented editors across the film and television disciplines, including Zack Arnold - (Burn Notice, Glee, and writer/director of Go Far: The Christopher Rush Story), Ryan Case - (Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Jay Cassidy - (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Into the Wild, An Inconvenient Truth), and Dan Lebental - (Thor: The Dark World, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2, and creator of TouchEdit for iPad -

It was a wildly successful evening with a packed house. Many thanks to the panelists for sharing their thought processes with everyone, and to & for graciously hosting the event!

Jump Directly to Question Topics:
00:10 Do you look at a script before shooting starts?
02:03 Cutting in sequence vs. cutting out of order
03:50 Making scenes work when editing green screens
06:45 How did Jay craft Hal Holbrook's performance on Into The Wild?
07:17 Is there footage where you ask "why did they do that"?
09:43 How does directing actors affect the edit process?
10:24 What editing tip do you know know that you wish you knew before?
12:13 How does knowing other parts of filmmaking help with editing?
14:53 What are good qualities to have as an AE?
17:20 Do you read the source material before editing an adapted screenplay?
21:08 How do you approach a project when hired to do a re-cut?
26:57 Methods for getting into a director's head at project's start
30:44 Recommended prep before starting an editing project
37:32 Advice on how to set yourself apart and get noticed
39:11 Tips on how to get creative inspiration when stuck on a scene

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