Inside Editing American Sniper

The Oscar-contending editing force behind American Sniper talks about the challenges of working with Eastwood, and balancing worlds both at war and at home.

The ambiguity of war and violence gets a new twist in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the true-life story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper, who also produced), “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.” The complex psychological drama, which is gaining Oscar momentum, balances the conflict between military duty and family responsibility. Editorially, the tempo and timing posed a new challenge to Joel Cox, who has cut more than 30 movies for Eastwood (winning an Oscar for Unforgiven), and Gary Roach, who joined the editorial team 18 years ago with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

“Clint told us before we started that this movie was going to be made in the editing room, which is not something he normally says,” remarks Cox. “It’s about the difficulty of balancing life, going back and forth between home and the war in Iraq. So the style of editing is different than other films we’ve done. Chris is drawn to the war because of his soldier buddies, but then he’s drawn to be home with the family. It’s tearing him up and that’s what we were trying to get on screen in the editing.”

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Editing, Movies, Oscar, Sound, Tech

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