Magazine article Variety

Cuts with a Light Touch

Magazine article Variety

Cuts with a Light Touch

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EDITING

Editors working on several of this year's most intense dramas have found a certain surprising philosophy crucial to their cut: Restraint.

Whether wandering through the backstory of a family with a murderous secret in Netflix's "Bloodline." peering in on the lives of couple of spies posing as just a couple in FX's "The Americans,' or following characters who take on difficult racial and social problems in ABC's "American Crime," editors on these shows stress holding takes and allowing performances to unfold.

"This is a family with deep, dark secrets and there are deceptions as well as self-deceptions," says Naomi Geraghty. an editor on "Bloodline." "Nobody is ever saying what they're saying, so part of how you build on that is by staying with those moments and you save sharp or jarring cuts for flashbacks." When the pace of the show is held to a slow boil, those hard cuts become more impactful. …

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