Story Is Everything

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What makes a good edit?

Good film edting: To drag the viewer intothe film, to take him with it, so that he only wants to leave when the story is told.

This is what the film editor wants to achieve. The cut is over when there is nothing left to be left out. Like a sculptor, the film editor wants to shape the figure out of the raw stone, which will move the viewer.

To discover the core of a story. Be attentive to details that further differentiate the whole on the way of assembly. Not losing sight of the big picture and the intention with which the film was created.

Thinking in stories

Ideally, the film editor is a creative companion for the director right from the start:

In pre-production: He / she can give feedback on the script with regard to assembly aspects and from his experience as the last dramaturge of the film.

During the shoot: The editor can test the material immediately, assess it and, if necessary, display the necessary re-shoots or help avoid further takes. That saves money.

In addition to his expertise in the technical feasibility of editing and composition, he can share his point of view on the arcs of tension gained from dynamics of a film shoot.

The editor is the film's first audience and has one primary goal: To create the best possible effect of the film. His artistic assessment helps with decisions that have to be coordinated with the trades involved in the film creation process.

Tell and listen

Communication - storytelling - is therefore not only the core of every film, but that of the entire work process: to learn to understand the artistic and content-related ideas of the director and the book. To express your own perception of the material.

In order to tell neither too much nor too little, constant companions ask questions like: Which narrative perspective, which framing, which movement (or non-movement) has the same effect on the viewer? What is the perspective of the picture, that of the sound?

What is said between the lines? And beyond the speech? What does pictorial / tonal symbolism tell?

Is the story conclusive?Whatis toldwhen, and how does that affect the drama? How do you establish the necessary information content without the shown feels constructed?

The Perfect Flow

Since the story will develop along the way script - shooting - postproduction, it is also important to rebalance here. Agile methods are highly effective in the creative process of film montage.

Responding to the development of the substance during this is more important than the plan, individuals and interaction with you to replace lengthy processes.

These questions have been Rupert's companions for over 20 years, during his studies in literature and musical sciences, as well as in his 17 years as a professional filmmaker.

In addition to his main job as an editor and colorist, he has experience in camera work, directing, VFX, acting or production and thereby gained valuable insights into the wishes and needs of the various departments.

In the end everyone wants one thing:
To tell the best story possible.