” It’s hard for people to understand editing, I think. It’s absolutely like sculpture. You get a big lump of clay, and you have to form it – this raw, unedited, very long footage. “


” When you’re in a movie with an audience, you can feel where a film is dragging. People start to move. They fidget. You need that perspective. To give it a cold eye. “


” As you can imagine, between Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese, I’ve had quite a rich life! “


” It’s part of your job always as an editor: you always have to drop stuff. “


” I can access footage much quicker, yes. But in terms of living with a film and knowing what’s right, digital doesn’t do that for you. “


” I know a lot of editors who are very bitter about the directors they work with. They feel they could have done a better job, and I say to them, ‘Oh really? Why don’t you go try – it’s not easy. “


” Cutting improvisation is really hard, because things don’t match, and you end up with some bad cuts sometimes. But we’d rather have the bad cuts and the great improv. “


” I love improvisation. I mean, it’s hard to edit, because things don’t necessarily fall together – you have to find ways to give it a dramatic scope, shape. But it’s so much fun. “


” Editing is really like plumbing a good deal of the time. You put two things together, and a current runs through it. “


” I don’t think you can be a great director without knowing a lot about editing. “


” That’s the great thing about filmmaking: Things happen you don’t know are going to happen at the end. “



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