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What really makes a good editor? Is it speed of working or is it the creativity that lies in him/her?
What is your take on a 'Good Editor'?
Doing the best you can in the time you have while still giving it your own creative spin. Editing news for broadcast later that day has a different approach to editing a corporate video to a editing short film to editing a feature film.
January 17, 2015 at 12:22PM
Unless the project is experimental or something, the best ability an editor can have is to disappear. Like pretty much any aspect of filmmaking, if your average moviegoer is paying attention to your editing (or lighting or whatever) instead of the thing that you edited/lit/whatever, you messed up. A good editor knows when to cut and where to cut in a way that makes the experience flow as seamlessly as possible. A single extra frame on either site of motion, for example, can make a world of difference in terms of apparent continuity. You see that extra frame and suddenly you're thinking about it (and you may not even realize that's why). A good editor will make sure there is no extra frame. (Extrapolate that point to any other aspect of editing.)
January 28, 2015 at 8:38AM