The Invisible Art

I have another piece in The New York Times Magazine: this one’s a conversation with David Fincher and his editing team of Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, breaking down a four-minute sequence in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’d always wanted to know more about editing: it’s an omnipresent but largely unconsidered aspect of what we watch. As the maxim has it, “editing is directing the movie for the second time.”

“The cutting room is this beautiful, tranquil place,” Baxter told me. “You get into this illusion that the film is yours.” The article will be a two-page spread this Sunday, or you can check out the slideshow version on the Times website now.

posted 15 December 2011 in Outside and tagged , , , . no comments yet

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