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  • Where was this book 20 years ago!

    Where was this book 20 years ago!

    August 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
    For Assistant Editor Appreciation here is our review of <i>Make the Cut</i> written by Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E. and Diana Friedberg, A.C.E. If you are interested in getting into editing or into assisting this is a great start to your knowledge base.

    Make the Cut
    Make the Cut
    Written By: Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E.
    Diana Friedberg, A.C.E.

    Purchase a copy here

    Where was Make the Cut when I started out! The book: Make the Cut: A Guide To Becoming A Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV (Yes that is the full title) was written by Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E. and Diana Friedberg, A.C.E., both accomplished editors and assistant editors. Coleman has even been credited as producer and associate producer for shows such as Dawson’s Creek and The Practice while Friedberg has cut for some of the most popular shows in the last 10 years.
    I’ll break this review of the book into two parts the first being about their explanation of the technical and administrative side of editing and the second about the personal and political life of an editor.
    The first half of the book is fantastic, it looks into the assistant’s job as manager of the editing room. It examines the issues of locking and preparing cuts and prepping for online among many other jobs. It then applies these ideas to different situations, documentary, reality editing, TV and features. What makes this a requirement for all the new people to editing is the examination of the paper work. If you’ve never seen Keylogs/Telecine reports, sound reports or lined scripts then this is a must read.
    Another great feature is the use of tip boxes that give little hints to issues you might bump into. But even better and my favorite is what I can only call the gray boxes of wisdom. These are gray boxes with stories from past experiences from Coleman’s work. For example, what do you do if you are given the wrong format on a spec sheet and the footage is off by two minutes! Coleman knows.
    The other part of this book is the personal and political parts. This is where, in my opinion, the book wanes, but only a tiny bit. The reason is that they speak of the extremes, not the average editing assistant’s experience. I’ve seen extreme personalities in the editing room but I’ve never expected my assistant to know things I haven’t even thought of which is some of their listed expectations. However, there are editors and producers who expect this and this is where you as assistant and the reader must be able to read a situation and understand the various personalities in the editing room.
    This part of the book succeeds because there will be situations where you are working for a The Devil Wears Prada character. However those editors and producers are few and far between so make sure to read each job and situation carefully.
    The final section of the book examines how to make the transition into the editing chair and again this is different in every situation. I’ve never met two editors with the same career path. So if you find yourself not following the Make the cut career path don’t feel defeated you might be on the right path for you.
    My biggest frustration is that there wasn’t a book like this when I started editing. If there was I wouldn’t have made the same political missteps or fumbles, so if you’re trying to get into the editing world this book should find a home on your bookshelf.

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