Quick post about yesterdays documentary. I found it really interesting and some of the editors that spoke were really inspirational and made me want to become an editor.. It seems like a bit of a hidden gem within the industry and even though the editor has come to prominence since the likes of Verna Fields, i still feel that nobody truly understands how much they do for the film..
The image below is of the Moviola, it was the original editing machine and was how all of the old films were put together, we have come a long way since the use of this, computers are a lot more helpful and accurate..
Another thing in the documentary that surprised me, was how sexist the industry was in the days of Verna Fields and such characters. Walter Murch said that the industry felt that editing was a more womanly job, it was like stitching, sewing or any other delicate jobs, whereas the men would be introduced when sound came into the equation because it was more of a mans job.. This made me laugh..
Listening to people like Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott talk was really insightful, and knowing how much an editor actually did took me by surprise a little. Quentin Tarantino is just crazy, his over the top actions and the way he talks is amazing..