Editing Discussion With Jay Cassidy and John Gilroy

23 12 2007

Gerard Kennedy’s Tech Support blog on inContention, has a piece which combines two conversations about the editing of INTO THE WILD and MICHAEL CLAYTON, with each of their editors. There’s not a hell of a lot that will be revealing to people who spend any time in the editing room, but Gilroy talks about the opening of MICHAEL CLAYTON and the path that he and director Tony Gilroy (his brother) took.

“We had this wonderful, free-associating dialogue by Tom Wilkinson but it was tricky trying to marry images to what he was saying,” Gilroy says. “We quickly knew we couldn’t do credits at the beginning and also soon realized we couldn’t show people because you’d associate the voiceover with the characters.” Eventually landing on showing the law firm at night, as a desolate, sleeping organism, was a decision that took a great deal of time to reach but one with which Gilroy is obviously very pleased.

The blog, even with its offensive description of the editing craft as Tech Support, still spotlights some interesting people and is worth a read.

There is also an analysis of the Best Editing possibilities. He discusses the following films”

  • Sweeney Todd
  • Hairspray
  • I’m Not There
  • American Gangster
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Atonement
  • Into The Wild
  • Kite Runner
  • Michael Clayton
  • There Will Be Blood
  • 3:10 To Yuma
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and
  • The Golden Compass

Hey, I could probably list a number of films that this list of the top films omitted (JUNO not only combined comedy and character analysis, but did so with a sure-footed style) but who’s quibbling?  ANy blog post that actually mentions editors’ names is okay by me.

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