I have had my head down in the editing suite putting together a rough cut of the film.
Its taken a while but I have got there.
And while I know exactly what I want to do with my film, it seems the role of an editor is such an
important one, and one that can easily be misconstrued.
I would like to elaborate. The editor is often called the next or final director and can take the film into new territory - with the help of fresh eyes, and perhaps not a continued and constant attachment to the project.
The best thing about editing is the time that you stay away from it. Especially after the shoot. Things that you remember on the shoot may not seem so important in the new world of the film anymore.
But I digress.
A tight collaboration such as Wong kar-wai and William Chang (what artistry) works beautifully. Chang, also Production Designer on the films knows from the start the material he is working with. If you take a look at In the Mood for Love, a significant artistic achievement, everything works so well together - like one voice - it's hard to imagine a 'team' behind it.
However, some collaborations aren't like this. How many times do we see 'director's cut', on a work? How many times do we hear that the director and editor are making a different film? They can't 'communicate' with each other? Etc., etc., etc.
Is it a question of ownership over the work?
Or perhaps it is more subjective than that. Film can be read on many levels and speaks to different people differently. My idea of a work is totally at odds with yours. That's the nature of this fantastic, ever changing artistic medium.
Not to mention the force of 'industry' on a work. Tested endings. Marketing. Politics.
The model in the film industry is to employ different professionals in all roles. Obviously an ultra low budget film doesn't have this luxury.
But is it a luxury?
Or is it a way to encourage employment in a vastly under employed industry to the detriment of the work...
An editor can take something and transport it into a new stratosphere.
But it's not for everybody and every project.