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[on first working as an assistant editor and editing in general] Well, as an assistant editor you're not doing any actual "editing;" you're just syncing up dailies and such. But you still see the process, and especially on the smaller films, you learn an enormous amount. I worked on Harmony Korine
's Mister Lonely
(2007), and that was actually an incredible experience, because you're sitting in ...
His first job in the film industry was as Ismail Merchant
's assistant for Merchant Ivory Productions: "I sent a CV and badgered them and said please give me a job and they paid me - it is illegal now, thank God - £50 a week." But he admired their "personal, passionate way of working". .