The Edit Bay

It might not seem like much to you but this simple room is one I've always considered most important when it comes to film making. Granted, it's changed somewhat over the years. Today, editorial is a completely digital process with nary a frame of physical film in evidence. When I was a kid this was a hands on process, and we used a rattling machine called a Moviola. You might have heard of them. They were a staple during the early days of filmmaking. With the seventies came progress and the venerable Moviola was replaced by the high tech Flatbeds known as Kems or Steenbecks. We were in cinema heaven when we cut film with these devices.

Now, the flatbeds belong in movie museums because today's editorial process is completely digital and films are cut with on professional Avids and even students use Final Cut Pro to craft their cinema masterpieces. Being a film geek I'll confess that some of my happiest nights were cutting film in the wee hours of the morning and watching a film story take shape before our eyes. After a night of cutting, we would stagger out of the edit bay into the city street as the sun was rising. There was always a coffee shop or diner nearby where we could score a hot cup of joe. This was long before Starbucks, and we sat on a stool along with truck drivers and mail men. As we sipped our coffee, our thoughts returned to movie making, and we realized we were privileged to probably have the best job in the world.