Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Edit Room

I think one of the most powerful educational experiences for writers, directors, actors and producers is to actually sit in the edit room and see what works and what doesn't.

For writers-- they can see that transition scenes they thought were so critical to add to the screenplay didn't really make a difference.  The writer can see why it's important to enter a scene at the last possible moment and leave it as quick as you can.

For the directors-- they can learn the 80/20 rule and why it's so imperative to not spend so much time on scenes that aren't as critical and spend more time on the ones that are.

For actors-- oh there's so much here that can help the actor.  From realizing why continuity makes a big difference (and how a "better" performance might be left on the cutting room floor because of continuity gaffs), to having a better understanding of the subtlety of film performance.

And producers-- all the money that can be saved by shooting just what you need and not all that other stuff.

I'm going to host an Evening Editing Workshop on Thursday June 3 at 6:30 in Fort Worth.  I'll provide the pizza.  Space is very limited and we'll be doing some scene editing.  Register at .  Only $39.

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