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“Marriage Story” Editor Jennifer Lame on Her “Stacking” Method of Cutting Dialogue Scenes

Lame describes her method of "stacking," where she and director Noah Baumbach go line-by-line in a scene, choose their favorite line reading, and then cut the scene together from the stacks

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in ‘Marriage Story.’

Editor Jennifer Lame discusses working with longtime collaborator Noah Baumbach to cut his new film Marriage Story on Avid Media Composer.

Lame describes their method of “stacking,” where they go line-by-line in a scene, choose their favorite line reading, and then cut the scene together from the stacks—which she says is very helpful, particularly for long dialogue scenes.

Lame also discusses the trajectory of her career and gives practical advice for aspiring editors. “Be curious,” she says. “Ask to sit with editors if they’re comfortable with that. Maybe ask to cut a scene just for fun or just to show it to them. Be curious, ask to talk to people, establish relationships. Because a big part of why I’m where I am is because of so many generous editors giving me a chance when I was an assistant.”

Watch below.

More on Jennifer Lame and Marriage Story:

Unraveling Marriage Story with Editor Jennifer Lame (The Credits)

 

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