Directors, DPs, ACs, etc. Hold your shot 10 seconds more than you think you need to. Actually count to ten if possible, the editor on the project will have all those golden nuggets that make a scene great! Sometimes an actors best facial expressions are hidden after “CUT” and those key camera movements of b-roll can be mixed into other camera moves to create smooth transitions if we have little moments of handles on the end. I could list 10 more reasons why you should keep rolling after you think you got what you need. But for brevity sake I’ll leave you with a metaphor.
10 Seconds is like the seasoning on food, sure the chef can make do with just the bare ingredients, but spices make the meal succulent and fill the kitchen with smells of beauty, and anticipation for the meal, and when completed, a great chef will serve a great meal because of all the work that went into the care and harvest of each ingredient, just the right amounts, of each one balanced the meal, not too much, not too little, sublime.
In 2014 a friend of mine invited me to this group he was hosting, it was called "Rough Cuts" it was in some random apartment in North Philly, I bumbled around the neighborhood looking for where it was before I called Nic Justice to ask him, Where is this place?
CUT by CUT is a blog about the art of film editing. It challenges norms, catalyzes ideas, and uses science, social psychology, and art history to think about filmmaking.
Aaron is a full time film editor based on the east coast. He thinks a lot, drinks a lot of rockstar, only wears black and red, and works everyday to become better at the art of film editing.