John Bloom (published 1987)


Bloom talks about his work on the film A Chorus Line. The interview begins with a discussion of the pressures of joining a production already in progress, and the unique aspects of editing a film with dance as its focus. He goes on to describe the process of working with the director and choreographer to portray the dance scenes and story in the film, and the adaptation of a musical production. Additional aspects of film editing are covered, including a walkthrough of the steps involved in the filming and editing process. Bloom responds to criticism of the editing of the film, including accusations of over-editing scenes. The difference of perspectives between the editor and choreographer are explored, specifically the ways in which each would like to see dance portrayed in film.

Biographical note:

John Bloom was born in London, England in 1935. He is an Oscar and Emmy award winning film editor whose career began with the British production The Impersonator in 1960. Among his nearly 50 film credits, Bloom worked on Georgy Girl (1966), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), and Ghandi (1982), for which he won the Academy Award.







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