March 9, 2018
At Berlinale 2018, Susan Korda discussed secrets from the editing room.
“I don’t think we need to suffer in the editing room, but it’s truly where the chicken comes home to roost,” said Susan Korda, editor, producer, director, story consultant, and professor at Columbia University. In a workshop for editors at Berlinale this year, Korda shared some hard-won insights from her career as well as golden rules from Walter Murch (the rule of six) and William Faulker (“kill your darlings”). Breaking down scenes from Bonnie and Clyde and Jaws, Korda recreates the initial “Oh, shit!” experience in the editing room in order to reveal how courageous editing and the ability to surrender preconceived preferences can create a cinematic discovery from what initially appears to be a failure. After all, “God gave us digital to make the edit,” said Korda.
Below, we have highlighted some of Korda’s most salient editing tips.