Film editor Sven Pape on why film continuity doesn’t matter (VIDEO).

A Film Editor Explains Why He Doesn’t Care About That “Movie Mistake” You Noticed

A Film Editor Explains Why He Doesn’t Care About That “Movie Mistake” You Noticed

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March 8 2017 7:59 AM

I Don’t Care About That “Movie Mistake” You Noticed

A film editor explains why continuity errors don’t matter.

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The internet is full of listicles rounding up continuity errors in film. But what if we told you that film editors couldn’t care less?

Sven Pape, a film editor and host of the YouTube channel This Guy Edits, explains why he and other editors don’t make it a priority to avoid these errors in the video above. Pape cites three major film editors who have said that they don’t care at all. “The priority is absolutely on the best take for performance,” says Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese’s longtime collaborator. And if that take has a continuity error, so be it. As Martin Hunter, editor of Full Metal Jacket, puts it: “If a scene is effective, you shouldn’t be distracted by things like that.”

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Madeline Raynor is a Slate freelance video blogger.