More about Editing

The process continues. I just watched the 1958 Orson Wells-directed film, Touch of Evil. The DVD included a Special Features memo that the artist wrote to the studio after the latter had changed things around without the director’s approval. Wells had seen this new version of the film only once, but filled 58 pages with his responses to the company’s intervention. With only this single viewing, he was able to pinpoint many of the changes and defend his choices as to why he made the film the way he had. I mention this to highlight all the thinking that goes on in art making. Decisions and details that often slide by the viewer but cumulatively affect the overall result. In no way am I trying to compare myself to Orson Wells, but, maybe I am trying to justify the length of time it’s taking me to get this film in front of your eyes. Thanks for your patience.