After shooting wraps, the story structure is developed through the editing process. Character development, dramatic tension, and the conclusion - in other words - are primarily shaped during post-production. The writer(s), director, and editor(s) work together in the post process story-telling. And so editing, an art that tends to be a one-person operation, organically becomes a collaborative effort. Although I was excited by this new twist in cinematic story-telling and post-production, I couldn't help but think that this approach would be an editing nightmare. It would be a nightmare because new versions of an edit (at least with Apple and Adobe editing software) destroy previous versions - because the history of editing changes are not fully saved.
Thinking about how difficult it would be to keep track of various story versions post process, I was struck by how perfect Novacut's video editor would be for "Naturalistic Cinema". Based on a BZR (open-source version control) principle, the Novacut video editor is designed to branch and merge edits so that editing history is not lost. So a creative team could easily see different edited versions side by side. But more importantly, artists wouldn't have to worry about starting back at square one after getting a wild hair and botching an edit. Imagine being able to work from any point within any edited version at the click of a mouse! Who knows, with editing made this easy, "Naturalistic Cinema" just might become a standard story-telling method in the future.