The Story Department, a Sydney, Australia based website founded by OZZYWOOD Films producer and Story Analyst Karel Segers, requested my article on screenwriting for editing. They improved my article with a few astute edits and illustrations. Here’s the lead paragraph:
The humbling truth is that the film is made in the editing room.
David Mamet introducing the nominations for editing during the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony.
The screenwriter is the first step in the film making process and the editor, the last. How do you write a script that’ll produce an edit-ready film?
Editors are often called the last re-writers of the show. Another way to put this is that the editor is the architect of the show. Our blueprint is the script (or outline on a nonfiction show). Our building materials are the footage: long shots, wide shots, medium shots, close ups, over-the shoulders, inserts, raking shots, reverses, master shots, and two-shots. From these we design the show with sound, dialogue, music, and the placement and duration of the shots. Just as a bridge transports travelers from bank to bank with good design and construction, so good editing conveys viewers from the beginning of the show to the end by giving them what they need to see, hear, and experience along the way to get there.
To read the complete article, go to: http://thestorydepartment.com.au/screenwriting-for-editing/