Prioritizing Story, or Why You Should Kill Your Darlings in the Edit
When I set out to shoot my thesis film Ripples, we had a 14 page script. I told everyone the final film would be, “slow, probably closer to 20 minutes.” The assembly cut was 19 minutes long. The final cut is exactly eight minutes. And that’s with credits.
A Simple Editing Trick to Inject Drama Into Your Films
Film editing is, by its very nature, a study in manipulation. On a surface level, we manipulate the order of events unfolding on screen. We have the ability to choose what a character says or doesn't say simply by including or excluding certain pieces of media from our timelines.