The Best Quotes from Edit Fest London 2014
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the American Cinema Editor’s Edit Fest London at the very comfortable BFI on the South bank in London. It was a fantastic day and a brilliant opportunity to meet many more editors, not only from London but also from around the world.
I’ve written up 5 Lessons from Edit Fest London over on Premiumbeat.com which you should check out too. In this post I’m simply going to type up some of the best quotes that I scribbled down during the day, which I made as accurately as I could so nobody sue me.
Edit Fest London – Editors on Editing
The first discussion panel was Small Screen, Big Picture – with a fistful of television editors (although many also cut features) discussing their craft. On the panel were Mags Arnold, Stephen Ellis ACE, Mark Everson and Tim Porter, and it was moderated by John Wilson ACE.
“Editors are often brought in quite late, and should be brought in more in pre-production to help shape the story.” – Documentary editor Stephen Ellis ACE (SE)
Focus on the people, not the action: “The real narrative is what happens if a huge event becomes an emotional fulcrum in your life.” (SE) Sometimes what’s most interesting in a story is not the events that happened themselves, but the change in the people they happened to.
Game of Thrones editor Tim Porter showed a clip from episode 8 of season 4, which involved a duel between two characters with a surprising and gory twist which he described as “The most fun I had at work last year!”
Mags Arnold described her break into the industry whilst working as a first assistant editor under Mick Audsley on High Fidelity and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin saying that she would “speak up at screenings and so on” (i.e. don’t be shy and be respectfully opinionated) and went on to cut her first film, My Little Eye on FCP v1.
“There is always one week that happens in documentary editing where there isn’t a film. And you’re pulling your hair out. And then something clicks – even if it’s just one scene – and then everything’s fine.” – SE
“Most of my breaks came from people being ill, or people seeing something and giving me an opportunity. It’s about even.” – Mark Everson Click through for much more!