A new video essay shows that on an animated film, the editor’s job is much more involved than you might think.
At first blush, it might seem like an animation editor’s job is counterintuitive. After all, everything is planned to a tee in advance: storyboards inform the animators, who then animate clips that are edited in the order they are written. Why does an animated film even need an editor?
In fact, as a new video from the Royal Ocean Film Society details, when it comes to animation, we should throw out all of our preconceived notions about editing—the process involves far more than what we expect from an editor.
During an animated production, the editor is brought on years before anything is actually filmed—sometimes, even before the director. And the editor’s job is among the most critical to an animated movie’s life. As Ken Schretzmann, editor of Toy Story 3 and Cars, says: “On live action, you shoot first and edit later. In animation, you edit first and then shoot it later.”
It’s the editor’s job to piece ever-evolving story ideas into animatics.Watch: How Do You Actually Edit an Animated Movie?