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40 hours of dailies get cut into 42 minutes of rapid edits, extreme angles, heightened drama, elevated emotions and, as needed, elegance.

In this article from Creative COW Magazine's new issue, Nancy Forner, one of the editors of The CW Network's hit series "The Vampire Diaries," takes readers inside the show's editing and style choices. The Vampire Diaries has a classic TV set-up of three editors and three assistant editors.

Before The Vampire Diaries, Nancy worked eight years on Law & Order: SVU. Neal Baer, who was the Executive Producer and show runner, decided to leave SVU and create his own show and "...asked if I would go along with him. I said I would. Many people asked why I would leave a hit for a new show, since most new shows do get canceled. The reason I left was because I like Neal Baer very much, and also, if you stay on any show too long, you get typecast. I loved SVU, but eight years is a long time. And creatively, I was ready for a new challenge."

If you want to learn all about the stylistic and editing choices behind the success of The Vampire Diaries, join us online in the Creative COW Library.

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Pixomondo Drives 'Faster Than Disaster' for MINI China

David-Inc Welcomes Creative Editor Fred Fouquet

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Prepare for Launch: Design & Production Studios Spacejunk and Nylon Unite

Testronic Labs Joins DECE and UltraViolet™

AmberFin Announces Second Generation Unified Quality Control Solution for Content Ingest and Transcoding Operations

The Cortez Brothers Signs Director Fernando Livschitz for US Representation

MTI Film to Showcase Transcoding Solution “Cortex”

Codex Digital Offers Full Support for ARRI Alexa Studio

CSS Studios Brings Supervising Sound Editor Michael Benavente to Soundelux

Artbeats Puts Viewers in the Skies Over Washington, DC

Boris Continuum Complete 8 for Sony Vegas Pro Now Available

Sachtler at NAB 2012

The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group Goes Inside Live TV Production

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