Roger Deakins and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Editor Debate Test Screenings: ‘Weapon’ or Savior?

Roger Deakins and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Editor Debate Test Screenings: ‘Weapon’ or Savior?
Joe Walker, the longtime editor for Steve McQueen and Denis Villeneuve, is this week’s guest on Roger Deakins’ “Team Deakins” podcast. Walker and Deakins have worked together on films such as “Blade Runner 2049” and “Sicario,” and a high point of the podcast episode comes when the two artists debate the pros and cons of test screenings. Walker is no stranger to the test screening podcast having edited Villeneuve’s major studio tentpoles, plus McQueen’s 20th Century Fox thriller “Widows.”

“Some people hate them and are very frightened of them but I love them,” Walker said. “There’s nothing like sitting in an audience with other people and feeling how the film is going down. You can tell, absolutely, when a film is working and cooking and you can tell when it isn’t and when people are restless.”

Walker added, “The edit is about managing that sync
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