Editing is about controlling information– it determines how, when and why we see certain pieces of information or story. There are many different styles and techniques within the art of editing to accomplish this, but the main purpose of each of them is to further the story. In other words: “You need a reason to cut.”
In this video, Director/Editor Joey Scoma walks us through a few classic scenes in cinema that demonstrate editing as an effective storytelling tool, and focuses in on a specific technique that he likes to call “The “Oh F**K” Moment.”
If you'd like more to chew on, check out this interview with Alfred Hitchcock talking about editing. You can also check out the documentary The Cutting Edge.
Happy cutting! And watch out for the Sundance Kid.