chapter  38
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Preparing to Edit

Most operations described in this chapter are the editor’s responsibility, but if the director is to get the best film, he or she must know what to expect of postproduction. Editing is not just assembly, as Hitchcock mythology suggests, but more like coaxing a brilliant musical performance from a set of imperfect, overlapping, and incomplete scores. This requires you to see, listen, adapt, think, and imagine as you try to liberate the best from your film’s potential.