It was a long distance telephone chat with an old friend….an editor by trade.
One brief discussion was about “fan edits”. These wishful versions of films always run at a deficit since the source footage is from a final cut. Unless one has access to raw footage such endeavours stay the domain of the hobbyist.
If you're not a Kevin Brownlow, chances are you’re not going to get access to a movie’s original film/digital elements.
I asked my friend: “If there is only one film that needs not one frame changed, what would it be?” (It’s absolutely perfect the way it is.)
He missed not a beat: “Plan Nine from Outer Space.”
Only an editor would know the correct answer.
First posted as "Mister Wood Has Final Cut" on July 27, 2019.