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10 March 2011

Interview with Stephen Abbott, Editor on Unhinged: Surviving Jo'burg

Stephen Abbott, editor of Unhinged - Surviving Joburg, gave Cutaway some insight into editing this documentary film which will be featured at CWFF.

CUTAWAY: What was your approach to the editing of ‘Unhinged - Surviving Joburg’?

STEPHEN: Well, this was a strange editing process! We cut for about 2 years, on and off. Director Adrian Loveland shot about 2/3rds of the film after I started cutting, so the film was constantly changing under my edit. I approached this in different phases. At first I focussed on getting some amazing music and visuals ‘set pieces’ right, with only a general structure to the film (as it was being written while I was editing). Later, I moved focus to telling a coherent tale with the interviewees and Adrian’s voiceover.

CUTAWAY: What editing challenges did you face?

STEPHEN: Working with limited, ‘indie’ footage. And working with lots of stills from the amazing press photographer Alon Skuy.

CUTAWAY: How long was post production?

STEPHEN: I started in July 2008, so just under 2 years.

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