For the past ten years, I’ve been editing professionally. Yet one question always stumps me: “How do you know when to cut?” And I can only answer that it’s very instinctual. On some level, I’m just thinking and feeling my way through the edit. So today, I’d like to describe that process: how does an editor think and feel?
A very special thanks to David Poland for the use of DP/30 clips.
And a very special thanks to Aso for the use of his music.
Aso - Soul Traveling (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Harry James - I’ve Heard That Song Before
Nat King Cole - Aquellos Ojos Verdes
Aso - Jazz Intro
Nujabes - Perfect Circle (Instrumental)
George Benson - On Broadway (Live)
How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.
Carter Burwell - Way Out There (Raising Arizona)
Carter Burwell - A Serious Man
Oscar Isaac - Green Green Rocky Road (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Carter Burwell - Little Blackie (True Grit)
Carter Burwell - End Titles (Miller’s Crossing)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Run Through the Jungle
Recommended Reading & Viewing:
ASC Magazine on Bruno Delbonnel & Inside Llewyn Davis: http://bit.ly/1OxkCoP
ASC Magazine’s profile of Roger Deakins: http://bit.ly/1TGUNKV
Roger Deakins forum post on the lenses he uses: http://bit.ly/1KNKToa