HAS COMPLETED UPCOMING BOOK CHRONICLING WAR STORIES OF LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY
Paul Hirsch was interviewed by Variey's Will Tizard ahead of his visit to Camerimage in Poland this week, where he is receiving the Camerimage Award To Editor With Unique Visual Sensitivity. The article reveals that Hirsch has completed a book that reflects upon his time editing Star Wars with Marcia Lucas, as well as "sharply observed war stories of life in the industry," according to Tizard...
Accounts in the book illustrate what editors gain from directors with markedly different styles and focus.
“De Palma’s very visually oriented,” Hirsch says, reflecting on the baroque setups used in the bloody prom scene climax of 1976’s “Carrie.”
“In terms of storytelling, George Lucas is extraordinarily gifted in terms of design. De Palma’s very interested in how he moves the camera,” with elaborate tracking shots and set pieces that flew apart to accommodate them.
“While in ‘Star Wars’ I don’t think the camera ever moves within the visual-effects sequences.”
And shots of live actors used mainly just pans across the set, Hirsch recalls.
Although friends have praised the still unpublished project, Hirsch is wary of those who can’t be objective, arguing that Hollywood sometimes falls prey to that trap.
“I don’t think these ‘friends and families’ screenings are very meaningful – I want to hear what the enemies and strangers have to say.”