Cut, Splice, Overwrite: The Fine Art of Editing a Movie

By January 27, 2018 No Comments


I’m happy to announce that preliminary editing on the film is well underway. I say preliminary, because editing is a very long process and although I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made so far, much of what I’ve done will be undone, redone, and undone again in the course of the next few months. Editing involves lots of patience and trust, wading through long periods of chaos and uncertainty often not knowing where you are going or why. The story is sometimes elusive. You scour the footage over and over again looking for threads of meaning that will hold the story together. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

The poet and playwright Oscar Wilde once said the following: “I spent all morning taking out a comma and all afternoon putting it back in again.”

Such is the nature of crafting a story and it’s the same with editing a film. Some days, I wake up, look at what I’ve done, love it and vow to move on and other days, I throw it all out and start over. It’s enough to drive most people insane, but for those who are willing to keep going the rewards are great. Editing is where the film comes into focus, from out of the chaos, the story emerges and it’s a thrilling feeling when it starts to click.

Thousands of decisions have to be made on a daily basis and I’ve found it’s best to not get too attached to anything, especially in the beginning stages, which is where I’m at now.

Anyway, enough waxing poetic, it’s back to work for me. I just wanted you all to know that things are moving in the right direction.

More soon. Thanks for following along.



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