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Kill Your Darlings

08.02.2015 - Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” exclaims noted editor and director Susan Korda (ONE OF US), and in this master class she proves just how. Through selected clips from BONNIE & CLYDE, JAWS, SE7EN, ALIEN 3 and FOR ALL MANKIND, Korda demonstrates the multifaceted techniques used to merge sound, image and timing to bring about the intended cinematic experience. She'll lay bare the secrets of the editing room and the editor’s tricks to make a film work. To “kill your darlings,” or the critical ability to surrender preconceived notions and petty preferences and select the material that best allows your story to unfold, is a primary focus of the session. An extended Q&A with the audience will delve deeper into the topics raised.



Experts of this programme event:

Susan Korda


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Editor of the Oscar-nominated and Sundance-crowned FOR ALL MANKIND and Teddy Award winner TREMBLING BEFORE G-D, Susan Korda also writes and directs. Most recently she was the story consultant of FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, which won at IDFA in 2012 and was short-listed for an Oscar in 2014. She was a producer on WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE. Her work as a director includes VIENNA IS DIFFERENT, ONE OF US and the short SALOMEA'S NOSE. Korda teaches at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program and mentors at the Scottish Documentary Institute at the Edinburgh College of Art and the international film school, Cologne.