sylvia_north wrote: Women rule post production. Which means we have final say on the movie Literally the reason why the first Star Wars trilogy was largely phenomenal, but the prequels a hot mess. George Lucas divorced his editor.[/i]
All that was wrong with the prequel trilogy was the editing? You really believe that? I would suggest the problem began with the script, an editor has to make do with what was filmed.
"Final say on the movie?" Why would you think the editor gets final say over the movie? This seems like wishful thinking.
Here's an interesting thing I read online. The film Labyrinth, directed by Jim Henson, was edited by John Grover.
Yet the following quote from Jim Henson shows the director and producer (George Lucas) was making many of the decisions, and George Lucas had strong opinions on how to edit it:
"When we hit the editing, I did the first cut, and then George was heavily involved on bringing it to the final cut. After that, I took it over again and did the next few months of post-production and audio." Henson went on to explain, "When you edit a film with somebody else you have to compromise. I always want to go one way, and George goes another way, but we each took turns trading off, giving and taking. George tends to be very action-oriented and he cuts dialogue quite tight; I tend to cut looser, and go for more lyrical pauses, which can slow the story. So, I loosen up his tightness, and he tightens my looseness."
I'm not saying editors aren't important, but they don't have creative control over the movie's final form.