THE MYSTERIOUS ART: BAFTA PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH EDITOR PIETRO SCALIA
Pietro Scalia has worked with an auspicious list of directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Sam Raimi, Oliver Stone, Gus Van Sant, and of course, Ridley Scott, with whom he has a long term working partnership. With credits such as JFK, The Quick and the Dead, Good Will Hunting, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, Body of Lies and an impressive array of Oscar and BAFTA nominations, he's become one of the industry's highest regarded editors. In an 'everything you always wanted to ask about editing...' session, he'll join us at BAFTA to talk through highlights from his work and discuss his philosophy on the craft of editing and the ever-developing language of film.
"Editing is storytelling. The notion of invisible or visible editing is an antiquated view about what editing really is. The art of editing is more then a technical craft about seamless building of the raw materials. The dailies footage and recorded sounds are the interpretation of the written text, distilled through the eyes of the director and every other creative contributor during production. They do not constitute a predetermined film narrative. For me the art of editing is being able to crystallize the dramatic ideas into a coherent and entertaining series of images and sounds, that most fully emerge the viewer into the suspension of disbelief and bring the experience of the film to its fullest. Editing makes the artificial feel real. When a film works, then all the elements of technique become invisible and in turn leave a visible imprint on the mind and heart of the viewer." Pietro Scalia, from Cineaste, March 2009