Inside the Mind of an Editor: How Do They Know When to Cut?

“When I cut — I feel, I feel, I feel, and I say, ‘Here.’ For no reason. Just feeling.” — Chantal Akerman Editing is very much a technical craft. However, if you ask filmmakers like Akerman about their technical editing process, they’re most likely going to tell you their decisions are based more on intuition rather than intellect — which isn’t all that satisfying for those just wanting to learn a few techniques that’ll make their editing better. But, perhaps first understanding how editors think and feel will help beginners form a solid foundation on which to set the technical knowledge they’ll pick up along the way. In this enlightening video essay, Tony Zhou addresses that all too important aspect of editing.

Source: Inside the Mind of an Editor: How Do They Know When to Cut?

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