I just realized how important good editing is


#1

So, I found this series called “El Internado” on Netflix. The premise was interesting so I started watching. I’ll admit the story and characters intrigued me but…the editing. The editing ruined it. Every single cut lasted like, a split-second. The camera moved too much. There were so many cuts that I had to stop watching because I’d been overwhelmed. Like, I wanted to enjoy this series, but the editing ruined it for me.

I guess it is a matter of personal taste, but I realized just how important good editing is to a story. It doesn’t merely set the pacing of the film–it also drives the emotional current. Lingering on a shot for a half-second or a full ten seconds can have DRASTIC changes on how the audience feels about what they’re seeing. Editing doesn’t MAKE the film, however, it can BREAK it.

Your thoughts?


#2

I’d go further, it DOES make it. Editing film is what makes cinema. Montage is what defines the difference between a stage play and a film.
It is perhaps the single most important tool in a filmmakers arsenal.

Side thought: There a good edit at one end, the other end is a phenomenal one-take.


#3

I heard in some documentary that editing is unique to the filmmaking medium. Think about how true that is.


#4

@Jasper_Cloud Totally agree and very well said. I’ve seen a great editor make an AMAZING video with footage taken on an iPhone4s. Then I’ve seen average editors who make average stuff with phenomenal footage taken on a cinema camera.

I think every part of production is equally important. For example, if you don’t have good audio and sound design than the best cinematography and editing are futile.


#5

Like the saying goes the movie is made in the “cutting room”.