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Episode 119 - LEE SMITH - Editor (1 reply and 1 comment)

1 year ago
James 1 year ago

Team Deakins sits down with editor, Lee Smith (1917, SPECTRE, DUNKIRK, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). He shares with us his thoughts on a lot of subjects: how working on bad films helps you learn, that the rhythm of the cut is instinctive and how you use the cut to create the rhythm, how his approach depends on the director and the differences between directors. We talk about how “finding it in the editing room” is not our favorite approach, editors being on set, the editor being a fresh eye, and working on the fractured time structure in Dunkirk. He also speaks of his work on the films Dunkirk and 1917 as well as his thoughts on cutting action sequences, using split screens unwisely and continuity. It’s a great episode that really delves into the craft of motion picture editing. Don’t miss it! 

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1 year ago
misterjolly 1 year ago

Hello Roger, James and the forum


Thank you for this weeks podcast. Loved the chat with Lee Smith. Its really great to hear his work method and how he approaches each project. The fresh eyes difference between the editor and the shoot was enlightening. I have edited a few short films (it was always a hobby, not a career)  and its lovely to hear from the greats how they go about their work.

Please keep up the amazing work you are all doing. This podcast is the one I look forward to the most.


Take care and stay safe.




1 year ago

I agree with Luke. Rarely do we hear from editors and especially Lee Smith who has worked on iconic films. Hearing his take on things and the war stories was a blast. And I agree, you do become better with a crap film that you have to find your way through. But you'd only want to do that in the early days 🙂

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