Ingrid Goes West editor Jack Price speaks to the Adobe blog about cutting the Sundance film (only his second feature film) and working with director Matt Spicer.
“Regarding the first assembly, I’d say 60% to 70% of the work was just about preparing to edit. [Assistant editor Bia Jurema] and I literally broke down every scene into line readings, which is something I learned when I worked as an assistant editor for Tom Cross, the editor of Whiplash,” says Price. “Having every line reading from each take arranged back to back to back allowed me to hone in on the nuances in an actor’s performance and delivery. This organization makes it much easier to pinpoint exactly what needs to change when I sit down with a director, so we can control the tone and emotion of the scene. The last 30% is actually editing the scenes themselves, after I’ve chosen my selected takes for each line and performance.
“Beyond the rough assembly, it’s crucial for me to create a workflow where the director and I can explore ideas without having to stop and start because of technical hiccups,” he adds. “Editing should feel like playing jazz, where you and the director can riff on the material without worrying about the project crashing or becoming bogged down trying to hunt for the correct take. I want the process to be as creative, fluid and enjoyable as possible. Working with Premiere Pro helped me achieve a new level of freedom in that regard.”
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