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Phillip Seymour Hoffman maintains that a film is made in the editing room and he goes on to compare the shooting of a film with shopping for the ingredients to make a cake — stressing that you can’t leave the store without first having everything you’ll need to make it.
Hoffman also advances the notion that the kitchen is an apt metaphor for the edit bay and what happens in there determines if the cake, or the film, turns out any good — or not.
The success or failure of a film will be determined largely by how well the visual and the audio elements are stitched together. And considering that most films’ track records aren’t very high, it’s a small wonder that people continue to invest in making movies at all. So be conscientious, and make each and every cut of each and every film you touch the very best you can make it.