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Walter Murch on making scenes justify their inclusion in the film

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“It’s liberating [to have extra footage], in a way, because you have this wonderfully demonic circle: every scene is holding a loaded gun to the head of every other scene, saying, ‘only one of us is going to get out of here alive.’  [You] think, ‘Do we really need that scene?’ Or, ‘What if we put it in some other location?’  When a film has [fewer shot scenes], the scenes are smug, in a way, because they all know they’re going to wind up in the finished film… the film-makers aren’t forced to re-examine everything – all our hidden assumptions.”

–Walter Murch, interview from Minghella on Minghella by Timothy Bricknell

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