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Chapter One. The Editor's Job > Choosing the Shot

Choosing the Shot

One of the most important parts of the editor's job is to discard unusable footage. A typical production shoots between 20 and 100 times more footage than the editor will use in the final program. (This is what filmmakers mean when they refer to a 20:1 or 100:1 shooting ratio.) That means the editor must eliminate (in the former case) 19 minutes of footage for every minute she uses. How do you decide what to toss?

SHOOTING RATIO A comparison of footage shot to finished film. Shooting ratios may range from 5:1 on a typical low-budget industrial or training film to 100:1 or more on a TV commercial or big-budget feature.



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