The power of editing

The power of editing

The Naked Island from 1960 by Kaneto Shindo. I saw the film when I was a teenager in the eighties. Even then it was timeless. A story told without words, only in picture and sound. With the power of editing; timing, rhythm, choice of image and sound. Maybe it was the first real lesson in filmmaking for me, the reason why I became a film editor. If there is one reason to name.
 
Editing is for me a compelling way of storytelling. The instant when all the bits and pieces come together, the moment when the idea and material are joined to become the film. Magical, and sweaty at the same time. The moment of truth.
There are a lot of fascinating stages in filmmaking: writing a film, winning the fellow makers for the idea (camera, sound, music department, actors) shooting, showing it to the public for the first time but, for me, nothing beats editing.


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