How Easy Is Editing?

Joe Randeen/ Editing, Industry, News & Thoughts, Techniques, Videos

Far too often I run across people who think that what we do, as editors, is really easy and if you have a good software it’s even easier.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. This is probably the first thing students discover when they enter my classroom. Granted, this is a universal truth, that nothing is easy if you don’t have the proper training and experience.

Editing is about STORYTELLING.  Thus, storytelling is the first thing we study in my classroom.  Many students don’t think they can tell a story but as I quickly point out, “We are all storytellers.”  It’s the way we tell stories that makes one storyteller more effective than the other.

One of my favorite websites for learning more about filmmaking is No Film School. It has some wonderful resources that are worth exploring.  This morning I came across an article entitled, “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Editor Chimes in on His Editing Decisions.”

“Editing is hard to judge. Good editing should rarely be noticeable.  Good editing tells the story effectively.” – Thomas Flight

In a nutshell, to takes a look at the criticism that John Ottman, the Academy Award winning editor for Bohemian Rhapsody, is getting.  It’s easy to criticize after-the-fact but when one wins an Oscar for editing, get ready for some scrutinizing.

“By all accounts, John Ottman is a good film editor. He’s been in the business for decades working his way up editing films like The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, and the X-Men series. However, as we wrote about earlier this week, his most recent editing work on Bohemian Rhapsody has stood out as being not-quite reflective of what you’d expect to see in a mainstream blockbuster movie.

In fact, it’s actually stood out as being – well – bad at times. Bad being subjective, so as Youtuber Thomas Flight points out in his video essay breakdown, unmotivated.”

Take a look at the video – it’s definitely a learning experience.

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