Following the Language of Film: Comment Sightline imite les "coups que vous connaissez"
Film editor Joe Walker (whose massive list of credits includes Dune and 12 Years a Slave) has a pretty unique take on the problems presented by remote work. During the pandemic, Walker was forced to move test screenings out of the theater. “Typically, we would watch a film with an audience of … three to four hundred people,” Walker says during an episode of the podcast Float. That allowed Walker to see the communal response generated by his editing choices. For example, did the camera linger on a subject too long after a joke or cut away too quickly — in either case, diminishing what might be much-needed comic relief? “It could be as little as eight or ten frames that make the difference,” he adds. Watching test audiences view a film on their individual laptops never gave Walker the complete information he needed.