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Kill Your Darlings

12.02.2017 - Susan Korda

“Good editing is like good sex,” exclaims editor and director Susan Korda (One of Us). “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 courageous 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 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 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.


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