If you fear you're not always getting the whole story, you're right.
You never get the whole story, sometimes even if you're in the middle of it.
One of the reasons I wanted to become a journalist was so I could witness events and get as much of the truth as possible.
I wanted to see things with my own eyes.
However, I usually have to turn all that witnessing into a two minute story. I am forced to make choices. What's important, what isn't? What gets left in and how much do I have to leave out? This requires a degree of skill and a good editor.
Two different reporters can give you two completely different stories.
So can two different editors.
Much like reporters have to summarize a day's worth of events in two minutes, film editors who cut "trailers" have to reduce a two hour movie into a spiffy little promotion. What scenes and themes get highlighted? What ends up on the cutting room floor? These editors wield a lot of power. In fact, they can change the entire tone of the film.
They can also have a lot of fun.
With that in mind, look as this remix of the trailer from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". In the hands of an editor, it's no longer a comedy, it's a coming-of-age drama. It's not about Ferris, it's about Cameron!
All that done with editing!
But this isn't the first time someone's had a little fun rebranding a great film. Here are two of my favorites: "The Shining" as a comedyabout a kid who just wants a dad, and "Scary Mary Poppins".
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