While in the midst of writing a novel I spend a lot of time daydreaming my way through this situation or that conflict, often fully aware that a particular scene will remain in my head (often too damned sentimental). Yet these scenes form much of the novel’s texture.
Sydney Pollack once told me many years ago that everything you do in a film remains in it. Even if the scene is not there in the end, the actor found that moment and experienced it and it’s in the next shot, the DP understood that moment and it’s in the next frame, the director had that moment and so it’s in the next frame. There’s a stain of intention and purpose which permeates the whole film. Certainly, experiencing the moments informs everything else in the film as well, and so I’m hoping that some of the qualities that we found in that moment obtained elsewhere or certainly informed the way we cut elsewhere – what we were looking for elsewhere in the performances or in the look.
–from Minghella on Minghella
So don’t be afraid to cut and cut and cut.