You know some days it’s easy to just say, “Oh, I’m a freelancer,” but it doesn’t really feel like it until you have the chance to do some work.
The other day, I talked up a storm about ‘hard cuts. Conversely, a big part of editing isn’t just knowing when to cut a scene. It’s when not to cut.
You may notice, that most films winning the Academy Award for Best Editing, are action films. In the last 20 years or so, at least 10 films that won were arguably action films (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Hurt Locker). In most cases this is probably because it’s harder to notice the editing when it is being used so judiciously.
There is a particular style of editing that has risen of late in popularity. It is known as "hard cuts", and it can be used to great effect. You, however, might wonder, ‘What’s a hard cut?’
It is strange to be writing this at 12:42 AM, but why not? Thoughts on the medium of film wait for no man…or woman, in my case.
The question I get asked most often nowadays is why did I choose film editing?