Moonshine’s own Drew Sawyer moderated the Atlanta Film Festival post panel “Tips and Tricks from the Cutting Room Floor.” Along with some of the great post talent from around the city, including Eric Deren, Chris Nicholson, Trey Cook, Deanna Nowell, Amy Linton, and Moonshine editor Patrick Perry, Drew led a discussion about the fine line an editor must walk between being a storyteller, a cutter, and a servant to the client.
The featured panelists came from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels in the post-production industry, offering unique perspectives and anecdotes about their struggles and successes as editors. With an audience of both students and professionals, the panel covered a wide range of topics to help those working in the post-production industry, and to inform producers, writers, and directors about the benefits of good post.
Some nuggets of wisdom from the panel:
“Do the work in pre-production; don’t just hand off a box of crap to the post-production team.” – Drew Sawyer
“You’ve got to find the medium between the client and the artist. Even when they’re the same person.” – Chris Nicholson
“If you can get people together who really love stories and want to tell a story, the possibilities are limitless.” – Trey Cook
“Sometimes, editors don’t feel like they own what they’re working on, when in fact they do have a large share in that battle.” – Patrick Perry