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Editing Matters to Everyone – Not Just Filmmakers

Just a tidbit:  Since 1981, movies that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture often also won the award for Best Editing.  No matter how well a scene is shot, acted, or directed; without editing, it won’t amount to much. Editing determines the rhythm and pacing of a scene. How music will engage the story. The impact of a particular line of dialogue. It keeps a scene moving. The truth is, many movies have been saved or destroyed in post-production.

Now that I think of it, we could all use more editing:

– In our conversations.
– When we pitch projects.
– When we design our resume.
– When we think about our future.
– When we’re confronted with the distractions of living.
– When we start talking too much and try to dominate a meeting.
– When we lead a team.

Editing is the “sky-view” of all the elements of our lives. It’s the bigger picture that keeps our lives in balance. Without it, we’d drone on about everything. We’d be self-centered. We wouldn’t make much sense.

Editing.  It’s not just for filmmakers. It’s for everyone.

When was the last time you needed a little editing in your life?

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  1. I’m going to be a pedant re: Best Editing Oscars. Years listed refer to the date of the Oscar ceremony, so they obviously apply to the films released in the US during the previous year.

    Last year (2014) Gravity won, not 12 Years a Slave.

    In 2012, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo won, not The Artist.

    In 2011, The Social Network won, not The King’s Speech

    In 2008, The Bourne Ultimatum won, not No Country for Old Men.

    In 2005, The Aviator won, not Million Dollar Baby.

    In 2002, Black Hawn Down won, not A Beautiful Mind.

    In 2001, Traffic won, not Gladiator.

    In 2000, The Matrix won, not American Beauty.

    In 1999, Saving Private Ryan won, not Shakespeare in Love.

    In 1996, Apollo 13 won, not Braveheart.

    In 1992, JFK won, not The Silence of the Lambs.

    In 1990, Born on the Fourth of July won, not Driving Miss Daisy.

    In 1989, Who Framed Roger Rabbit won, not Rain Man.

    In 1986, Witness won, not Out of Africa.

    In 1985, The Killing Fields won, not Amadeus.

    In 1984, The Right Stuff won, not Terms of Endearment.

    In 1982, Raiders of the Lost Ark won, not Chariots of Fire.

    In 1981, Raging Bull won, not Ordinary People.

    I think it’s time we put this myth to bed that the Best Picture Winner always also wins Best Editing.

    I also want to say at this point that I think the Oscars almost always get the winner wrong.

    On a more positive note, I completely agree with the message in Phil’s article. 🙂

  2. And the award for best editor goes to the Holy Spirit! When we continually allow Him to edit our thinking, our emotions, and our behavior; our life will radiate His glory.

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