words of wisdom

13 10 2009

“The best editors make the best film directors.”
– Charles “Chack” Ackerman, a Rowan Alumni who graduated in May

I love this quote. He said this to me one day last spring. I think it’s true because editors know what shots work best together, if two shots need a cutaway shot in between them for the scene to flow well or not and what footage is usable and what isn’t. Since editors know all this just looking at a shot in post-production, they also have a good eye at noticing all these factors during production. When good editors take the role of director, they have the potential to create a very well thought out, smooth flowing film, usually with great continuity as well.