10 Things All Editors Should Do Before They Start Cutting

July 21, 2015

by V Renée, nofilmschool

Editing a film is a gargantuan task. Having a little bit of foresight can help you steer clear of mistakes, be more efficient, and keep your project on track.

Editor and editing theorist Roger Crittenden offers 10 editing tips that’ll come in handy before you’re hunched over your computer fifteen days in wondering why everything is going wrong.

  1. Read the script in advance of cutting.
  2. Become familiar with the directors previous work.
  3. Read the background material relevant to the film
  4. Meet the cameraman, sound recordist, and other major contributors to the film who might affect your own job.
  5. Liaise with the continuity or production assistant for documentation.
  6. Make yourself known to the laboratory contact [or DIT].
  7. Choose your assistant carefully for both efficiency and tact.
  8. Find out your directors preferred working hours and eating habits!
  9. Ensure that the cutting room is properly set up before cutting starts.
  10. Make sure that reliable maintenance for your equipment can be obtained.

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What are some other things you can do to prepare for an editing project? Let us know in the comments below!

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