The Editor must evaluate
all the individual strengths
that others have brought to a scene:
in the writing, the performances,
the direction of camera and actors.
The editor uses their skills
to synthesize the best story
from the sum of those parts.
Film and television is a vast world of insane riches. Comedy, tragedy, action and romance: all have their appeal. I'm looking forward to continuing work in all genres, with talented cast, crews and directors.
What I bring to the table is,first of all, a strong work ethic.Nothing can be accomplished withouta commitment to seeing the work done,and done properly.
Do I have a motto that I live by? Well, reﬂecting on my professional life, it would have to be, 'Excellence through Collaboration'. If I were to describe my home life, maybe the motto goes, 'Will you please pick that up?!' If we're talking about my gravestone, I'm going with, 'No offence, but you're standing in my light...'
The Editor doesn't create a rhythmor pace in the editin a mechanical way, like a metronome.The edit is createdin an organic waybeginning with how the directorhas staged a scene: the dynamic of the camera in space,and the energies of performers.It proceedswith how the actorhas interpreted the scriptand the direction.If the editor is attentive to this,the scene will flow.
An editor takes the musicality of human speech, and along with the rhythms of action in the shot & the rhythm of the moving camera and the screen edge, transposes all of them to a rhythm across edits, creating the right dynamic for a scene.
A good editorideally has astrong senseof musicality - some call it rhythm.And consciously listeningto how people speak in real, unrehearsed conversation tunes the ear to the rhythmsof human dialogue.
It is important that the Editor
be a good listener
because in listening we absorb and reflect.
Someone who is always talking
they're literally not receptive.
I'm very attentive to the work of the actors, seeking the best or most "true" performance of a given beat or line. I took acting studies for many years to become a better Editor. Understanding performance from the other side of the screen has been a great beneﬁt.