Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t delivering the only great performance in Lincoln.
When it’s hard to remember a lot of things, people take notes. That’s the same thing an editor does when he sits down to watch hours and hours of footage that’s been shot. When I’m editing a project, I like to watch the footage through once without making notes. That allows me to experience the footage as a viewer would. On my second viewing is when I begin to make my notes.
But while I was editing a project almost a year ago, I realized that once I took my notes, I almost never reviewed them. It’s partially because Final Cut Pro, the editing software that I use, only allows you to view your notes on a single line. But I have a new technique that’s a lot better.