Fifteen years ago, I was sitting in a dimly lit room, leaning over a Steinbeck (an old film-editing machine) and cutting a strip of film. Aligning the film beneath the blade, I adjusted the blade once or twice and then cut the film in between two images on the strip. I released the filmstrip and did this once more, and then carefully pasted down clear plastic tape, matching the notches on the filmstrip with the notches on the tape. After several cuts and reattachments, an edited filmstrip developed. The process took two full weeks: three days of filming, five…
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