5 Techniques That Can Help You Find the Perfect Place to Edit a Shot1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
There are thousands upon thousands of cuts to make as an editor, but how do you know if you’re making them in the right spot? Some editors, like Chantal Akerman, will say this skill is instinctual, that you’ll feel it when you make a good edit, whereas others, like Walter Murch, will say it’s something that must be practiced until it’s perfected. Whichever side of the discourse you fall on, editor Sven Pape has shared 5 helpful tips you can use to help you both feel the edit as well as practice your technique.
Real time editing:
This is a technique Walter Murch suggests applying when trying to find the right place to cut. Essentially, you just let the clip play and then pause where you feel a cut should be made. Repeat this repeatedly until you start hitting the same frame over and over. In theory, this is where your instincts are telling you an edit point should be.
via: No Film School