Re: Editing as a trade

From: Francisco Torres (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Nov 01 2008 - 15:03:06 PDT

I started in editing in 1982 as an assistant editors in the days of
film and Steenbecks and this is what I think the problem is - people
are not allowed to learn their trade anymore. There is no clear path
to become an editor like it used to be: Apprentice/Assistant
Editor/Editor. It took me years to cut my first commercial...
Also ive noticed that editing classes in film schools (reading K Reisz
and the Russians etc...) are being replaced by final cut courses. The
whole theoretical/aesthetics aspect is thrown out of the window and
replaced by "hands on" experience.
Most people out there who call themselves editors are in thruth what
we used to call "cutters" - people with no initiative who could only
do what the producer ordered them to do.
Oh well. I'm well past all that now.
Good riddance.

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