by Rachel Ann Taylor
Kirk Baxter has edited every David Fincher movie since The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
In fact, Baxter’s only edited four Fincher movies and a Fincher TV pilot. Everything he’s done has been nominated for an Oscar (he won in 2011 for The Social Network and 2012 for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) or an Emmy (House of Cards).
Gone Girl is going to be nominated for and may win another Oscar for its airtight editing. That’s a nice career, isn’t it?
He spoke to IndieWire’s Bill Desowitz about the strategies behind editing Gone Girl and the different versions that were trashed along the way. Spoilers ahead, but if you have seen Gone Girl, READ THIS. If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for?