On Editing vs Writing
It’s sort of strange to be out here actively pursuing two different careers — writing and editing. Writing is in some ways a much more natural outlet of mine, I don’t know that I could stop writing if someone told me I had to. But, editing is a craft that I’ve been well trained in and is easy to market as a skill. And I think the two seemingly different focuses are actually very similar.
You write the script, the director paints the film, and then the editor does a final polish. In the editing room, I’ve created stories whole, rewritten things that didn’t work, and done things as simple as putting the shots in the order they’re supposed to go. I can see how some people would find editing tedious, but massaging cuts is very rewarding to some OCD part of my brain. Making comedic timing perfect or letting someone linger just long enough on a difficult moment. The things you can do to cheat a shot are never ending. Warp the time to fit words in someone’s mouth, speed things up when a take is too long, splice two shots together. Cheating is fun.
I’m going to most likely be cutting a reel for an actress in the next couple weeks. I find this exciting for lots of reasons. I love seeing actors ranges. I worked as Casting Director for the Thesis Films and held casting in Tallahassee, NY and LA. I loved seeing actors audition and give different renditions of the same words. I also got thousands and thousands (not exaggerating) of submissions, many of whom sent in reels. I watched a couple reels and almost inevitably the reels made me not nearly as enthusiastic as the headshot. But occasionally, just occasionally, something in a reel really spoke to me. I’m hoping to have the chance to do that for someone.
Of course, the difference between writing and editing is, when you edit, no matter how much you cheat, you can’t change what’s in the footage.