How does an Editor, First Assistant Editor and Assistant Editor work together on a 'big Hollywood' feature film?
That's what we're diving into in today's issue of Cut/daily thanks to the opportunity to spend an hour with director David Fincher's editorial team from Mank.
By the way, this issue of Cut/daily is coming to you for free, thanks to a stock footage library with plenty of those essential handshake shots; they've got hello, goodbye and sealed the deal handshakes galore.
In the beginning you're very focused on earning your place.
I'm not more complacent now. I still wake up each day, thinking "Oh my God this is the day everyone's going to discover I don't know what I'm doing."
So I do have a constant fear of keeping up and earning my position.
— Kirk Baxter, Editor
If you can relate to Kirk's sense of imposter syndrome then you're not alone.
Also back in #106 - Editor Kirk Baxter breaks down a scene from Mank, Kirk shared some great insights on how he approaches editing a scene, including Fincher's favourite thing to do; split-screens.