Creativity 50 2011: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

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When Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter last appeared in the Creativity 50 in 2009, they had just missed out on an Academy Award, after earning a nomination for their editing on the David Fincher-directed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This year, the pair's collaboration with the celebrated director paid off and they finally earned an Oscar for their work on The Social Network. Now, the duo has moved on to their next project, again with Fincher on the U.S. adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

"It's important to create a transparent experience, to help remove the artifice of storytelling and let the experience take over," Mr. Wall explained about the process of cutting a film. "In editing, this comes as a result of being very critical about what's being said and how it's being delivered."

"Patience is the biggest key," Mr. Baxter added. "At the start the choices seems infinite, and as a result the edits can be overdone, but slowly the goal or the point starts to present itself, then it's the quest to simplify and illuminate that point." Post-Dragon Tattoo, both Mr. Wall and Mr. Baxter are eager to continue straddling both the features and commercials world out of their editing house Rock Paper Scissors. "The first thing I do after finishing a film is cut a spot," Mr. Baxter said. "It's an addiction--you miss the people, the challenge, the pace of it." Outside of the editing room, Mr. Wall has enjoyed a seat behind the camera as a director himself. Via his new production company Elastic, he directed the swooping, intricate title sequence for HBO's Game of Thrones. --Ann-Christine Diaz

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