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January 07, 2013



Wonderful post.

Most often in our presentations or reports, we always add excess data than required to make our point to our audience, which sometimes becomes excess noise.

Often it is editing and reviewing makes it easier.



Editing in films is like getting your story back to the core. The most time I spend in getting my act together is cutting away all the clutter and getting to the real story I want to tell. It's the same for making my presentations as with creating new products or websites.

Lori Buff

I've found this to be true with blogs especially, if we put too much information into an article readers simply skim the article rather than fully read it. I try to skim it for them.

Pat Smith

When I was a child, my older sister presented me with a dictionary. She'd inscribed it with this message: if you want to be a better writer, get a bigger wastebasket. In that vein, I feel that part of the editing process in writing, for me, involves taming my ego, which manifests itself in my prideful delight in a clever but ultimately useless or divergent turn of phrase. I can only imagine how much harder it is to cut film footage than a few words. Thanks for this thoughtful post, Garr.

Jim Dickeson

I always "overproduce" during development, then trim it down. Then rather than fill up with mediocrity to "just enough", I can edit out the mediocrity, leaving the best parts. An analogy is a cook rendering down a sauce.

Social Bullets

They will discuss in detail their preparation before editing, and the principles and criteria they used for their editing decisions.


Great DVD, can't resist to order it. It is another great source in teaching myself a storytelling technique.

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