November 21, 2016 at 2:34PM


Directors cuts

Does creating a director's cut offend the original editor? I'm asking because my go to editor is a friend who started film making with me but has failed to improve the quality of work he puts out over time. So back to the original question, will a directors cut offend the editor and is that worth doing if it preserves my artistic vision


Everyone's aim should be the achievement of the best possible outcome. It would be nice NOT to put it as your friend's incapability to produce better results, but as the necessity of the whole team to preserve the original vision of this specific project. Make your cut to show your editor not only how you wanted it to be done, but also why you made those decisions. Talk about these things before you release anything. If there is communication before actions, noone's offended.

November 22, 2016 at 4:10AM

Panos Economou
Director / Editor

"Director's cuts" are a normal part of the process. There's an assembly edit that is made by the editor as rushes are delivered, then the editor starts fine tuning on his own, then the director adds his input (director's cut), then the studio gives input on the final version.
There was a time (back under the golden age studio system) when the editor did an edit, then the studio's supervising editor made suggestions but the director had no input at all. Those days have been gone for decades.

November 22, 2016 at 4:11AM


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