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Kill Your Darlings

16.02.2016 - Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” exclaims editor and director Susan Korda (Salomea’s Nose). “You create an expectation in your audience – and then you fulfil it.” Tracing finished film scenes from Bonnie & Clyde and Jaws back to the initial “oh, shit!” experience in the editing room, Korda reveals how the magic of editing can create a gratifying cinematic experience from what initially appears to be a failure. Sharing tools learnt from Walter Murch and Michael Rabiger, she lays bare secrets of the editing room and shows how to “kill your darlings” – the critical ability to surrender preconceived notions and preferences – allowing your film to discover you.



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Susan Korda


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Editor of the Oscar-nominated and Sundance-crowned FOR ALL MANKIND and Teddy winner TREMBLING BEFORE G-D, she also writes and directs. Most recently Korda 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 and her own work includes VIENNA IS DIFFERENT, ONE OF US and the short SALOMEA'S NOSE. She teaches at Columbia University's Graduate Film Program and mentors at Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam, the Scottish Documentary Institute at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Sam Spiegel School in Jerusalem.