For as long as we can remember, films have been primarily marketed based on who's in them and who directed. Rarely, with Charlie Kaufman being the latest exception, will a writer draw in a substantial box office, and even Kaufman can't guarantee big numbers. Next month, a new DVD looks to help audiences connect with another overlooked, yet crucial part of the movie-making process: the editor.
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing hits stores on September 6th and offers an in-depth peek at the people who play a major role in creating what we see and, quite often, what we feel. From the importance of the male/female relationship between Quentin Tarantino and Sally Menke on Pulp Fiction to the historic advice Verna Fields gave Steven Spielberg on Jaws, the documentary sets out not to transform the editor into a celebrity, but to help people understand the importance of the process. Whether or not folks will actually watch it (or care, for that matter) remains to be seen. I, for one, feel editing is everything and encourage anyone who's even the slightest bit interested to put aside an hour and a half to watch it.