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We often get so caught up in the “new” and “now,” that we forget that it grew out of what was in the past. John Buck has been an editor since he needed a way to cut his Super 8mm movies for screening in a makeshift neighborhood cinema, and to enter his work in young filmmakers’ festivals. After being fired from his full-time job as a junior agency TV producer, John was advised by his father to “get a job that people can understand what it is that you do.” Instead, he began a thirty-year editing career that spans MTV Awards, SuperBowl commercials, and highly-rated TV shows. He’s written a fascinating book on the history of electronic editing – called Timeline – A History of Electronic Editing – and this week, he explains that the software we edit on today had its roots in a toy shop in Paris in 1924.

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