EDITING is the final writing of a movie. It’s the stage where a films take form, sometimes re-written and all the pieces of storytelling fall into place. It is a critical position which requires someone with a great eye for detail, precision and most important, beyond the software STORYTELLING. Knowing how to shape a performance out of 10 different takes and make it seamless.
It’s a place where women have thrived in Hollywood as some of the earliest editors of the Golden age of cinema were women.
Lizzie Franke of the BFI Film Fund said to LWL “When women got pushed out of directing back in the late 1920s with the development of the studio system, editing – along with screenwriting – remained a field that women could flourish in. I think the perception prevailed that editing was like sewing – it was more akin to ‘women’s work’.”
Alma Reville was an Editor before a young Alfred Hitchcock started his career as a Director and along with marrying him later, she became a critical collaborator on all his films, he never made one without her input.
As much as there should be more women Directors, we also need a lot more women Editors.
Here are some of the most renowned and upcoming edting icons.
There is also
ANGIE LAM – Kung Fu Hustle, House of Flying Daggers, Red Cliff
DEDE ALLEN– Bonnie and Clyde ,Dog Day Afternoon
DODY DORN– Momento, Kingdom of Heaven, The Abyss
CAROL LITTLETON– E.T The Extra Terrestrial , The Manchurian Candidate
So ladies, we need you in editing. Get the software and learn the software but most of all, understand cinematic storytelling and how your instincts can help you shape a film into the best it can be.
You can start by re-editing films, change the tone, change the pacing, see how it plays out in a different shot and changes the mood of the scene and what it means to see something in a wide as opposed to a close up.
Go forth and be awesome.
PS- If you are a reader in Nigeria and interested in getting into Post Production, specifically editing, you will want to check out Chicks in Post a training initiative to get more women into post production.
PS 2 – There is also sound design, grading, sound mix, ADR, coloring etc We dont have enough people doing that in Nollywood, you can get ahead of the curve and own that space.