“Hi, my name is Debra, I’m David Lynch Assistant editor.”
I managed a quick smile before letting my jaw drop as I deeply sucked in air. “Wow!”

[Creators] Assorted
[Project] Filmmaking
[Story] Editing is an instrument of expression, with its own language

Once upon a time, just finished to shoot my first “legit” short film, Full Moon. A few days of prepping and production in Hollywood and Topanga Canyon along with an amazing crew of young professionals from all over the place, most engaged with trades. After production, I owed to the main crew members a website or at least a logo design. I’d love to trade.

But before getting into the ‘Hollywood craze’ of making films, my love for motion pictures and, in particular, for the art of editing and sound design, began in the early 90s with experimental video. We were very well equipped with DV Camcorder, a Mic and a couple of VCR Player for the editing. No fancy visual effects nor color correction. Like Lars von Trier and his Dogme 95.

We were literally stuffing hours of content inside those videotapes then we were gathering in my geared up flat to ‘cut’ the film by simply playing one tape on a VHS player and recording from the other one on top of it, both connected to a bulky CRT Television set. It was both fun and sometimes frustrating but we were in total control of our project, counting frames and staging custom title design.

Here’s an example of an experimental short film with ridiculous editing with paired VCR players. The film was impelled by the nearby Yugoslav ethnic conflicts featuring my wonderful 5 years old twins as closing characters!
“Violeta”, 1994

At the end of the millennium I was making Macromedia Flash multimedia animations that certainly gave me the edge over the editing process. But for Full Moon short film project finally shot in HD we decided to get a professional editor.
“Hi, my name is Debra, I’m David Lynch Assistant editor.”
I managed a quick smile before letting my jaw drop as I deeply sucked in air. “Wow!”

It was an extraordinary experience that threw me into a very challenging domain: making films.
The year after Full Moon I went back to Europe to study in Roma Cinecittà and London’s Raindance, working as assistant and editor for emerging new directors. I polished my gears before coming back to Los Angeles with an additional skill set.

A Vase of Darkness _ short film

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