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Episode 35 - JOE WALKER - Editor (5 replies)

Reese Brucker
3 months ago
Reese Brucker 3 months ago

Team Deakins speaks with friend and two time collaborator, editor Joe Walker. We get an interesting look into the changes in the techniques of cutting between now and when Joe started. We talk about where the cutting style of the movie comes from, when a sound editor comes in and what they, test screenings - pros and cons. We also touch on the editing in Sicario, 12 Years a Slave and Shame. We do get into what crossing the line is and what you can get away with continuity-wise. And we even share our personal work-related nightmares! It’s an episode packed with information that you won’t want to miss!

Please post further questions and discussion below.

The Byre
3 months ago
The Byre 3 months ago

Ooo - this sounds funky!  I'll listen first thing tomorrow - the podcasts have been particularly good lately!  

3 months ago
chris33 3 months ago

I'd love to get the files for this "uncuttable scene" so I try and fail myself. It would be fantastic if you could get the files posted somewhere, where they are accessible for everyone.

Stefan Vrachev
3 months ago
Stefan Vrachev 3 months ago

Hello. Thank you for this great episode and in general, this great podcast.

You talked in this and other episodes about shooting coverage vs shooting specific shots for specific moment of the scene and not just shooting coverage to have an option later. As I also find the later approach much more cinematic and right for telling a visual story, how do you discus this approach with a director? 
Have you ever been in a situation where director wanted to impose shooting coverage(wide, mid closeup) for every scene and you Roger having to convince him/her that it is not the best way to think about it? 


Roger Deakins
2 months ago
Roger Deakins 2 months ago

To shoot only the shots necessary rather than 'coverage' is always the director's choice. I am just lucky, and choose carefully, to work with directors who think that way.

2 months ago
Frank 2 months ago

Roger, what were among the most well-covered films you've shot? Has the cutting order in anything you've worked on ever surprised you?

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