If you couldn't write, what would your creative outlet be?
Finally, an easy question! If I couldn’t write, I would do the same kind of storytelling as what goes on inside my head and during my dreams. I would become a film editor.
Most people don’t notice the editing that goes on in movies, but I do. A few seconds lingering too long at the end of a scene, a too-quick cut-a-way from a character’s reaction, a jumbled montage sequence….they can all throw me out of a movie just as easily as bad acting or a poorly written script can.
Editing can make or break a movie. In fact 2/3 of the Best Picture Oscars have also won Best Editing Oscars as well. And every film nominated for Best Picture in the last thirty years has also been nominated for Best Editing.
What would Slumdog Millionaire have been without Chris Dickens’ brilliant editing? Or The Sixth Sense’s Andrew Mondshein, who lost out on an Oscar in 1999 to Zach Staenberg and The Matrix.
Think of how different your favorite movies might be if not for a judicious editor with a strong sense of story-telling and dramatic tension. Film editors must be as talented “vision-smiths” as literary editors are word-smiths, bringing the director and author’s dream come to life.
So, what movie would you most like to re-edit? Or to have been on the set during the making of, sharing your vision with the director?
And here's my holiday greeting to everyone--edited not by me, but by the computers at Animoto (but they did a pretty nice job, didn't they?):
Thanks for reading!
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, October, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net