What is story editing and why is it important when you make a short film? Britta: Story editing to me is a holistic process. It does not only require the obvious such as the knowledge of storytelling and analytical skills, but also the ability to connect with a writer in the sense that you become deeply familiar with their intentions. Story editing requires you to act as audience, a good listener and a constructive critic, sometimes as a protector of the material and as a source of inspiration. Collaborating with a story editor on your short film script will be tremendously helpful in expressing your individual ideas in a way that will make them accessible to your audience. Anna: In the company where I started, the role of the editor was to come up with an idea for a new movie, to find writers to implement this idea, and to supervise the project from the first vague outline to the end credits. e essence of the editor’s work in the film is a perpetual study of new languages, in the broadest meaning of the word. Every director or writer has his own special language. And it is because of that quality that what we see on the screen looks distinctive and unique. Ariadna: Story editing consists of accompanying writers and directors along the script development process. It has a lot to do with helping authors find the deep core of their projects and assist them in building their stories in the best possible way. It is important in the making of a short film because it can help filmmakers discover essential storytelling tools that will enable them to deliver consistent and meaningful stories. Also, story editing can contribute to something which is crucial for any film but even more for short films: creating an emotional connection with the audience. What are the things you have to be careful about in story editing? Britta: e number one prerequisite is that you are in tune with the writer/director. Anna: First of all I’d say that a story editor is not a writer and has to resist to any temptation to replace the author of the script. e best way of collaboration with the writer is to ask lots of questions so the author can find the exact answers, to feel all the subtleties and nuances in their own plot and characters. As a script editor you also have to understand that your work will “die” in the final version of the text or film – and nobody will know what your personal discovery or contribution is in the development of the story. Ariadna: Story editors always bear in mind that our task
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