Kirk Baxter on editing David Fincher’s
By Daniel Restuccio
When David Fincher took on the film
Gone Girl, he immediately started to round up the “usual suspects,” his most trusted collaborators, including Kirk Baxter, who has two Editing Oscars on his mantle from previous work with Fincher
(The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).
Gone Girl is based on Gillian Flynn’s book Gone Girl; Flynn also wrote the screenplay. The film follows Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a husband who either knows or doesn’t know the whereabouts of his missing wife.
Baxter began cutting Gone Girl on September 16, 2013: day two of shooting. And for the first time in three movies with Fincher, Baxter cut this one alone and without his frequent co-editor Angus Wall. We wondered what that was like.
“Angus and I always had a great amount of trust with each other as we worked, so it wasn’t a double-checking thing with either one of us. It was more of a volume thing. There’s a lot of material to get through, so we tended to just divvy up the work. Sometimes we co-edited the same pieces. A lot of the times, we worked on different sections of the movie. I think without Angus being there, it just meant a lot more work. That’s really the main difference, and not having a buddy to commiserate with.”
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