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Chris Dickens

Steve Hullfish


The Master Of All The Cuts And Shrinks

Editing is a post-production process of filmmaking. After the film is created, the raw footage is received from the makers of the film which the editors use for their work. They go through the script of the film and compare it with the film tape that they have received and also calculate its time. They select the shots which are unnecessary or extra (portions that are added for the sake of the film, without which the film’s sense doesn’t reduce) and eliminate them from the film. But, they keep a record of all the shots which have been cut, and maintain them. Film’s editing is a tedious job and requires a lot of Cinematic knowledge and decision-making skills.

The editor must be able to think from the audience’s point of view and shall be able to understand the film after certain portions of the film have been cut. Often, song sequences are cut off from the film. Proper editing ensures that the film is crisp and well within the time without hampering the storyline- the audience needs to remain engrossed in the movie throughout, and hence elongated and stretched parts can reduce the rate of interest in the viewers. Editors need to keep in mind the continuity and the flow of instances in the film- none of which shall be disturbed. The portions are cut and reviewed by the director and once approved, the rest of the film is put together as a cohesive whole. There are various techniques for film editing ever since ‘editing’ had become a part of cinema and was called the “invisible art”. It was called so because a perfectly edited part will not give its viewers a feel of incompleteness or the fact that the film has been cut short. These days films are edited digitally on Avid and newer technologies like Digital Intermediate which are different from the earlier versions of film editing like ‘workprint’ which involved physical cut-paste of negatives and demanded absolute precision.