The Editor Answers: Lance Stubblefield from LOST

Lance has prepared his answers in a different fashion than Daryl of Star Trek: TNG.

Have a good read and enjoy. If you have more questions, leave them in the comment section.

“The “Lost” creative process is a collaborative one.  As with most TV shows, each episode goes through the same process.  Once an episode has wrapped shooting, the editor has anywhere between 3-5 days to assemble the 1st editor’s cut, depending on the production schedule.  The editor’s cut is then sent to the episode’s director where he or she will have three days to work on the cut before turning it over to Damon and Carlton.  The amount of time Damon and Carlton spend on an episode depends on the strength of the episode.  Some need more time than others.  After about three passes, they are usually ready to send the episode to the studio/network for their feedback.  After getting the network notes and incorporating them into the episode, Damon and Carlton will have one last look at any lingering notes and will give approval to lock the episode and prep it for broadcast.  One of the funnest parts of the process is sitting in the screening sessions with Damon and Carlton and listening to them restructure the order of scenes.  I would say 4 out of 5 times, the restructuring of the episode makes the show a lot better.  They are truly talented writers and producers and I consider myself lucky to be able to learn from them.  On top of that, they treat all of us with respect.  They’re great human beings and I think their humanity manifests itself in their work.  They listen and welcome comments and feedback from editors and assistant editors alike.  I know I’ve gotten spoiled working in such a positive collaborative effort and will miss this process when the series is over.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost over.  I started working on the show just after the pilot had been picked up by ABC and now here we are, almost at the end of the road.  I appreciate your questions and hope you enjoy the last season of “Lost”.


Lance Stubblefield”