Most people think editing is just putting “the good bits” together, and making them play nicely with each other.
But that’s not editing at all.
Editing combines technical knowledge, rhythm and deep emotional intelligence. It’s understanding that every cut has the potential to change how a film feels, the tone it sets and its delicate message.
Editing is completely relating to your viewer’s expectations. It's kicking out anything that sidetracks them from your message. It’s creative problem-solving.
Editing is storytelling. Making a bunch of raw footage, in an almost alchemistic way, into emotion - love, tears or laughter. It’s polishing the same lump of coal over and over, until you turn it into a diamond.