The Breakdown

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I've always loved cutting dialogue. It's inherently visceral. Even when staying faithful to the script and the original structure of the story, as an editor you inevitably spill your own rhythms onto each cut point. You can construct infinite rationalizations as to why you must stay on an actor's face a few more frames for that last blink. Ultimately, you choose to cut there because it feels right. If you cut before the blink, it feels wrong and it bugs you and you really can't explain why, but it does. So what was it like cutting a two minute dialogue spot? Simply put, the "Taxi" edit sessions were some of the most exhilarating and exhausting of my career.

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