While the Russo brothers took on a huge task of making Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, the editors Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt took about two years editing these mammoth films back to back. According to Business Insider, the two had to go through about 900 hours of shot footage to get to the two huge accomplishments.
“It was a massive amount of footage with three, sometimes four units working every day pumping out material. And I’m not even including the motion-capture footage. But if you do a bit at a time you can get through it.”
With the movies being shot back to back, Ford was editing Infinity War and overseeing the final stages of post-production, while Schmidt was assembling the first cut of Endgame while the movie was being filmed. Schmidt spoke:
“We showed them a version of ‘Endgame’ [within] about a week, week-and-a-half of principal photography being done.”
“We were cutting every day, we were refining, we were figuring out what we were going to reshoot, figuring out what we had to finish. It was a constant state of preproduction, production, and post-production all at the same time for almost a year straight. And then when we finished that year of insanity, we went right into an absolutely hellish, almost impossible post production period that lasted from January to April when we delivered ‘Infinity War,’ and that was one of the most intense periods of filmmaking I ever experienced, and I have worked on some crazy movies.”
One of the big decisions the two were involved in was figuring out when the Avengers exactly land when they arrive at 2012’s Battle of New York. According to Ford, they toyed with having our heroes arrive when the Hulk smashes Loki into the ground, but a different entry point was written in.
“The script had us showing up right when Tony flies through the Leviathan and blows it up from the inside,” Ford said. “But when we screened it for audiences in test screenings we realized it took a few minutes for them to acclimate themselves. It wasn’t landing the way we wanted. So we tried other versions.”
Ford stated that what we ended up seeing, which was the iconic “pose” of the Avengers capturing Loki was “cleaner”. What do you think of this massive achievement for the editors and would you like to see some of the footage that was left on the table in the making of Infinity War and Endgame?
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