Propaganda, Perfectionism & Structure: In Conversation with Will Znidaric Part 2

by Paddy Bird on
September 10, 2020

This week on Once Upon a Timeline we have the second and final part of our fantastic talk with master documentary editor, Will Znidaric.

It’s another packed episode as Will dispenses yet more edit wisdom for our community. He delves deep into theories on structure, propaganda in film and what parts of the brain the art of editing requires.

He also talks us through his process in cutting his Eddie Award-winning documentary series, Five Came Back, and all the complexity it required in the edit suite. I know you’re gonna love what he has to say.

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