In her own words, editor Thelma Schoonmaker describes how she accidentally got into film editing and then got the lifelong gig of becoming Martin Scorsese's editor. She says, "Once I understood that editing is crucial to how a film is made, I was hooked. Imagine: placed in your hands is fantastic raw footage (if you work for Scorsese) that 250 people have created during shooting. You and the director are then allowed to sculpt this raw material into something that has structure, rhythm and pace, that builds characters, that creates dramatic peaks and lows and that hopefully has a good ending. Editing is an incredibly rewarding profession."
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