November 24, 2013

Craft Truck Brings Us 'In the Cut' with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Editor Lynzee Klingman

By now we're probably familiar with Craft Truck's excellent interview pieces with cinematographers such as Andrij Parekh and Gordon Willis, but now they are bringing us a series focussing on the post-production heroes of cinema: the editors. Ever been tasked with turning 1.5 million feet of film into 12,000? Hit the jump to watch the interview with someone who did: laurel-studded editing legend Lynzee Klingman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Man on The Moon).

"Documentaries are the best way to learn. You have to decide what goes in front of what and for what purpose."

In Part 2 Lynzee discusses her unique position editing Man on the Moon having personally known Andy Kaufman:

"With digital what's amazing is you can try something and if it doesn't work you just press undo 10 times and you're back where you were."

For me the most important takeaway from this interview is the fact that it takes a lot of time to learn your craft. In clip 1, Lynzee talks about seeing 19 takes of a shot that to her untrained eye seemed identical. She also talks about the importance of experimentation -- trying things. With her frequent collaborations with Milos Forman, she highlights his openness and willingness to try anything and everything. That's what the editing room is about -- trying everything until everything that the movie is not falls away.

What did you think of this interview? Do you like this new series from Craft Truck? Check out other 'In the Cut' episodes here, and comment below.

Link: A Conversation with Lynzee Klingman (part 1) — Craft Truck

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