Editing: Roger Crittenden’s Ten Commandments

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Film editor and editor theorist Roger Crittenden has 10 pieces of advice he suggests every editor should take on board when starting a new job. A few tips are outdated, but they are easily transferable for the digital age. Such as tip 6. “Make yourself known to the laboratory contact”, laboratory contact can be replaced with Digital Image Technician.

  1. Read the script in advance of cutting.
  2. Become familiar with the directors previous work.
  3. Read the background material relevant to the film
  4. Meet the cameraman, sound recordist, and other major contributors to the film who might affect your own job.
  5. Liaise with the continuity or production assistant for documentation.
  6. Make yourself known to the laboratory contact.
  7. Choose your assistant carefully for both efficiency and tact.
  8. Find out your directors preferred working hours and eating habits!
  9. Ensure that the cutting room is properly set up before cutting starts.
  10. Make sure that reliable maintenance for your equipment can be obtained.

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Lewis McGregor is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer and online content creator from Wales.