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How to Make an Editor Like You
Be aware of what you are doing and how you are doing it from take to take and setup to setup. Often, great performances end up on the cutting room floor because actors didn't think about how those moments would fit with the rest of the takes and setups.
If you ad-libbed, remember your ad-lib and repeat it in the next shot if the director liked it. The best ad-lib in the world is meaningless if it can't fit in with the rest of the scene.
Try to keep consistent body positions, hand gestures, and use of props from take to take. It can mean the difference from a smooth transition to an emotional close-up and the abandonment of that close-up altogether because there is a jump when you cut to it.
Give your best performance in every take. Remember that the best scenes are a perfect marriage of the actor's performances and the editor's crafting and manipulation of the timing, space, and emotions that those performances provide for them.
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