We requested the editor of ‘Downsizing’ if he misses reducing movie

Enhancing a movie used to contain precisely that: Reducing up photographic movie and sticking it again collectively. However like most industries, the digital revolution has shaken up film enhancing — to the purpose that editor Kevin Tent reduce a part of an Oscar-winning film whereas sitting on a prepare.

Tent is a daily collaborator with acclaimed director Alexander Payne, working collectively on movies comparable to “Sideways” and “Nebraska”. The pair huddled over a laptop computer to do some tough edits on 2011’s “The Descendants”, which might go on to win an Academy Award for its screenplay, whereas they rode a prepare via Italy to George Clooney’s Lake Como house.

Now they’ve collaborated once more on “Downsizing“, a brand new sci-fi comedy starring Matt Damon, Kirsten Wiig and Christoph Waltz. Out now within the US, “Downsizing” is a comic book have a look at a world through which folks resolve the ecological points by miniaturising themselves — solely to seek out that even after they’re teeny-tiny, their issues nonetheless loom giant.

I chatted with Tent on the cellphone from LA to speak about how film enhancing has modified since he started his profession working for B-movie king Roger Corman within the 1980s.

“I realized on Moviolas,” says Tent, recalling the massive enhancing machines that editors used for a lot of the 20th century to fast-forward and rewind bodily movie via an array of complicated reels. Now, Tent does all his enhancing digitally, utilizing Avid enhancing software program. Does he miss the old-school glamour of actual movie? “No!” Tent laughs. “I was a romantic, however now I am not.”

In comparison with movie enhancing, digital enhancing permits a a lot better freedom. Working with bodily movie meant old fashioned editors needed to be decisive of their decisions. “It was like a recreation of chess,” explains Tent. “When you needed to tug a scene out and alter it you needed to assume a number of strikes forward”.

Among the many intelligent options in Avid is an possibility known as ScriptSync, which exhibits the script on display screen similtaneously the related footage. “You may click on on a line within the script and see the road studying by the actor,” says Tent, “which is a characteristic Alexander loves.”

Udo Kier, Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz get sufficiently small to odor the (large) roses in “Downsizing”.


Picture credit score: George Kraychyk

One side of “Downsizing” that was new to Payne was the heavy use of visible results. That meant Payne and Tent needed to make enhancing selections comparatively closing so every scene may very well be handed onto the results groups to composite the small and huge characters collectively. Fortuitously, advances in digital expertise imply that the enhancing and results groups might work side-by-side with at the least some flexibility to take scenes out and put them again in.

Tent and Payne additionally labored collectively on scabrous new comedy “Crash Pad”, which Payne produced and Tent directed — his first directorial outing after being credited as such on two Roger Corman productions within the 1980s. Funnily sufficient, “Downsizing” cinematographer Phedon Papamichael additionally labored with Corman’s low-budget, high-output movie manufacturing facility. “It was an amazing place to study”, remembers Tent, who honed his enhancing expertise cobbling collectively bits of different Corman movies to pad out low-budget titles like “Frankenhooker” and “Not of This Earth” — take a look at his enormously entertaining reminiscences of these days.

Fond as he could also be of these free-wheeling days, Tent is completely happy to have ditched bodily movie enhancing for the digital equal. Though he does admit that dealing with movie reels and equipment was extra bodily energetic than utilizing a pc. “Now you simply sit down on a regular basis,” he laughs.

“Downsizing” is in theatres within the US now and opens in UK cinemas on 19 January. “Crash Pad” is out now on DVD and on-line.

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