When a production team is assembled, two of the director’s key supporting players are the cinematographer and the editor. They are artists who help shape the look and tone of the entire film.

Cinematographer Steven Fierberg sees his profession as an ongoing quest to create art and beauty. Before shooting frame one, he reads the script several times and records whatever visual ideas are triggered by the material. He then searches through images of paintings, photographs, fashion photos, or films he’s seen and presents his images and ideas to the director so they can move toward a unified vision of the film.

Editor Steven Cohen describes his job as taking the thousands of shots created by the director, actors, and crew, and shaping them into a coherent whole that reveals character and tells a story with rhythm and feeling. Like the cinematographer, the editor steeps himself in the script in order to understand each scene, character and the relationships between them.

Read all about their paths to success in the upcoming anthology, THE WAY WE WORK: ON THE JOB IN HOLLYWOOD. This July, from Rare Bird Books.

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Whether striving to create suspense, laughter, or tears, there is no film or television without a narrative that successfully engages an audience. But how does one go about unearthing and crafting a story that resonates? Academy Award–Winner Robert Towne explores the challenges inherent in making that crucial connection. Mega-hyphenate J. J. Abrams recounts his journey from geeky kid doing magic tricks to serious storyteller. Coming this July, The Way We Work: On the Job in Hollywood. From Rare Bird Books.

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