The Ruthless Art of Subtraction

by Paddy Bird on
May 7, 2021

A successful career in editing has many different component parts. From cultivating as many different client relationships as possible to creating a positive working environment in the edit suite. We need to nurture and craft the creative energy we put out into the industry in a very specific way so that directors want to work with us.

But there’s one place where we actually need to be amoral, Machiavellian and downright ruthless and that place is the timeline. Developing an unsentimental attitude to the vast majority of our raw footage is not just a good idea, it’s essential to our creative survival.

If we don’t master the art of subtracting content and never looking back we’ll never meet a deadline or be confident in any of our creative decisions. On this week’s show I talk through this unique perspective and see how it can be utilised for maximum effect.

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: The Shogun

Composer: Alexius Tschallener, Dominik Johnson
Publisher: BBC Production Music
Album: A Journey Through Japan
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Track 2: The Yakuza/19th Chamber

Composer: Dusty Hendrix, Jeffrey W Wade, Ruben Ayala
Publisher: First Digital Music, ZFC Music
Album: Street Scores
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Track 3: Forbidden Flute

Composer: Adam Saunders, Mark Stephen Cousins
Publisher: Focus Music
Album: Far East Flavours
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Track 4: Distant Drums

Composer: Terry Hughes
Publisher: Focus Music
Album: Far East Flavours
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Track 5: Blue Moons

Composer: Gresby Race Nash
Publisher: Atmosphere Music
Album: Odyssey
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Track 6: The Seven Samurai

Composer: Alexius Tschallener, Dominik Johnson
Publisher: Atmosphere Music
Album: Tales From South East Asia
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