Naked and Unafraid: How to Edit Sex Scenes in Independent Film

With film editing comes great responsibility: When actors turn it on, film editors must serve the story yet should be mindful. This editing tutorial proposes 5 things to consider before you start cutting.

Actors appearing in the scenes mentioned include Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Madeline Brewer (Orange Is The New Black). Also used: Shots from the trailer of Fifty Shades Of Grey (Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan – Focus Features, 2015)


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THIS GUY EDITS (TGE) is a youtube channel by film editor Sven Pape, an A.C.E. award nominee, whose credits include work for directors James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco.

You get to see the timeline and the film editor’s play-by-play-commentary as he cuts scenes. It shows work in progress.

TGE is not about how to run a piece of software, but rather how to tell stories creatively. Sven cuts his latest film for Sundance filmmaker Mark Webber. “Flesh & Blood” is their third collaboration.


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