Nancy Richardson’s first editorial project was Stand and Deliver. She went on to edit such films as Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight and most recently Carrie.
Now, a fun quirk of having interviewed cinematographers on our Through the Lens series, is that we get cross-over. As it happens, we interviewed the cinematographer of Stand and Delivery Tom Richmond. Hearing Nancy talk about how she worked with Tom and how his shots influenced her editing is really cool. We get a chance to see the same film being tackled from another angle, in this case, the editor.
1. Nancy’s #1 note that she receives from studio execs
Get her to Oz Faster. As she describes it,
Get the story started faster.
2. On editing Thirteen
You had to pull back because it was almost too much. The impression of editing was already there.
One of the editors biggest challenges is simply understanding when to cut and when not to. Pulling back your editorial choices and making the decision to not make a cut can often be the wiser choice for the story. Nancy goes into more detail in this episode.