Turning hours of footage into a well-polished film requires hard work, complex judgements about what should make it to the final cut and a careful division of labour between director and editor.
Editing an hour-long factual film can take a couple of months. The editor and director work closely to make the most of whatâ€™s been shot and to tell the story as clearly and engagingly as possible.
This weekâ€™s podcast goes into the cutting room to examine this intense and creative process with two experienced professionals.
Sam Billinge is a factual film editor who has worked on a wide range of documentaries for the BBC and other broadcasters in genres including science and business.
Jacqui Farnham is a former BBC producer/director and series producer who has made films for Horizon, science biographies and social history programmes.
"The film-making process is personal as well as professional. Youâ€™re making subjective decisions based on your own feelings and instincts." â€“ Sam Billinge
The podcast includes Sam and Jacquiâ€™s take on:
- how to brief an editor at the start of an edit
- who writes the commentary and picks the best bits of the interviews
- how an editor can bring the director a fresh perspective on the rushes
- how to handle viewings
- what happens in the closing days of an edit
Sam and Jacqui also discuss the pressures created by having to rely on a colleague who you may never have met until the start of the edit.
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