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    Film editing – classical or not?

    Editorial: After 40 years as film editor, Niels Pagh Andersen now has written an inspiring book combined with video interviews with 8 filmmakers. What did he learn on this long voyage?

    Order in Chaos – Storytelling and Editing in Documentary Film
    Author: Niels Pagh Andersen
    , Denmark

    The Danish film editor Niels Pagh Andersen (1958–) reflects in his new book, Order in Chaos – Storytelling and Editing in Documentary Film, on his 40 working years that have passed.

    When he was fifteen, he started loving film, doing everything to become an editor, then became successfull with fiction films, followed by a personal downfall. Like a classical film narrative – he raised himself again from the bottom surrounded by beer bottles – finding the magic again in documentaries. As he describes in his book, which is as much about film editing as about life itself, people are longing to understand the world and ourselves.

    Pagh Andersen is today a master of editing. With 250 films behind him, he also became a professor, teaching at the Norwegian Film School – which (together with others) supported this book. Order in Chaos is also made as an e-book with video interviews of eight directors and extracts of the film he edited with them.

    The Act of Killing, a film by Joshua Oppenheimer

    Classic dramaturgy

    Although not academically schooled in editing himself, Pagh Andersen conveys a great lot of insights. Let me sum up some: A story has a who, what, where, . . .

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