@BDHTaylor Seriously mad max still blows my mind… I was originally going to use that example for just the cutaway… then i noticed the jump cut as i was editing it, It happens so fast, and it’s those little details that often goes unnoticed because the audience is hopefully consumed in the world by that point, I know i was, and I’m sure that film has tons of those kind of subtle edits hidden throughout. (I’m so stoked it won for best editing)
Teaching how to edit is tough because it depends entirely on the individual story and footage, so this video was the best solution that could apply to anyone. As you could probably tell I used some of my favorite films for the examples. I’ve seen all of these films too many times to count, so I always recommend asking yourself what some of your favorite films are … then dissect those even more. Study why those films have struck an emotional nerve, look at the editing, the staging, everything.
Also I’d suggest re-watching Tony Scott movies, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Man on Fire, even Unstoppable is very well edited IMO… He’s got his own style and rhythm … keeps the momentum cranked up and sustained, not easy to do, yet he’s got it down. RIP Tony Scott. Yeah I’ll probably marathon his stuff tonight … just thinking about gets me fired up.
Just keep studying film, watch interviews from people you admire, find out who inspired them, and just keep working your way back through the years. Hope this helps.