The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic

the editing of star wars

Editing as Key to narrative success

In our post, On Film Editing According to Edward Dmytryk, we stressed the importance of the editing process in Filmmaking.

There’s always been the story around that Star Wars was saved in the editing process. Like all stories that just fly around, we shouldn’t just jump on it. But maybe there’s something to learn from it. The book The Editing of Star Wars: How Cutting Created a Classic, by Linton Davies, is a very short piece (83 pages), cheap to buy on Kindle, that proves very effectively the importance of editing in films through the example of how things went in Star Wars, maybe the most successful film ever.

It’s a known fact that George Lucas‘ strong point was never the writing nor directing his actors. He always saw himself as an editor. Those years he was sharing his life with Marcia Lucas, a top editor herself. No doubt that Marcia, plus editors Richard Chew and Paul Hirsch, became key to the success of the movie.

Here is a video that puts the same concept forward in a very visual way:

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