jlaw: winter's bone

With a documentary, there isn’t a point where you feel like you’ve finished. There’s always several forms it could take - voice over, intertitles, more exposition or less. I feel like there are many more variables in editing a doc. A much greater part of your editing experience is about sifting through the material and finding themes that are your richest through-lines. Many themes start and it’s like having some hairs that are very long and you can braid them and some hairs that are very short and you’re like, ‘Ok, that was interesting but it doesn’t fit into the braid.’
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Debra Granik 

We talk to the Winter’s Bone co-writer/director about editing her first documentary, Stray Dog, and what advice she’d share with budding filmmakers.

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Congratulation on you third Oscar nomination, Jennifer Lawrence!

“I have never studied acting, yet the very first time I went for an audition and did a cold reading, I surprised everyone with my honesty and transparency. They told me that I could play any part, because I do not have walls, I do not place obstacles between myself and the character I have to play”.