As a single shooter filmmaker, I spend the majority of my time in the process of editing. Cutting media into parts and arranging them to tell a story.
Editing is a craft insofar as it relates to the manipulation of a tool and a raw material to reach an end outcome. Editing as a function is process driven and linear, everyone is doing it, I can do it on my phone, there’s an app for that, a filter, a lut… Why would I even need to think about having someone edit for me…
Whilst I use professional editing software, my REAL job is storytelling: developing the most appropriate narrative from the material available, controlling delivery and pace. Just as some people are good at telling jokes or scary stories, storytelling through video is the intangible but critical ‘secret sauce’ part of editing. It is that which ultimately causes our audience to engage and respond to our films.
Just as a painting is only paint and canvas, when given the same footage, each editor will create a different film: different pace, sequencing and colour grading; different narrative arc, reveal, closing… each project requires a different approach and many paths are possible from the same source material.