I was watching a program today, my uncle recorded it for me, about editing and editors. People like James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, the editor who worked on Pulp Fiction, the editor of Cold Mountain, etc., talking about the process of editing. It was helpful to watch I think, because it puts the process I am involved in, along with Andrew, in a historical context, all the way back to the early American and Russian films which first used the editing techniques I take for granted. I am so far away from their discovery that I forget they have names. They just exist to me. They are. I have no organized approach to editing. No real theory. Although I think perhaps there is a theory somewhere within me, I just have not drawn it out yet. I mean these men sit in one room and cut a 2-hour film that millions of people will see, and they take as long as 6 months sometimes. I have worked on Dollars & Signs in a Starbucks in Dallas, the Republic coffeeshop, the Media Co-op, a little farm area outside of Oxford, MS, my grandmothers dining table, my bedroom... all on my little laptop. In some ways I am not connected to these editor's process at all, but in some ways I am doing the exact same thing they are doing... faced with the same choices. What stays in? What goes?
Today I started to cut down Tape 10 (Dave and Mayor, Dave in record store) but I noticed one of the clips has no audio, so I have to recapture it. Luckily Ron asked me to take his camera home after we shot him at the Deli last night, so I have that option.