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Chapter Ten. In The Cutting Room > Show it to Someone Before it's Too Late

Show it to Someone Before it's Too Late

One last word of advice: During the editing process it's almost impossible to avoid getting too close to the material. This is why directors hire editors rather than doing the job themselves. As the edit nears completion, nobody will have much objectivity left. This is one reason movie studios use test screenings to refine their final cuts.

If you're working outside the studio system, you should arrange for your own test screenings. At the very least, find some people to watch your proposed final cut with you—preferably people who aren't in the business. Even if your invited audience doesn't give you notes, simply watching the presentation with them will change your perspective and highlight things you need to fix.


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