10 Lessons from the Top Film Editors

Pubblicato il 18 ago 2018
The best film editing advice from the top talent (12 Oscar Wins & 40 Nominations).
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  • My response to white folks who participated in the slave trade and their descendants that now benefit from it instead of right the wrongs.. Fck you

  • The mindhunter scene really made me understand the importance of reaction shots and their effects on emotion. Quality content.

  • coming from a film school where my major is editing, this information is directly on par, if not better. subscribe to this man lol.

  • Does Lupita's Oscars speech thanking her editor made you come up with this topic?

  • This is god quality stuff.

  • Excellent overview with exceptional choices. Well done!

  • I'm seeking some really good film editors, please comment here if you are interested. Working on my first feature.

  • Are you German?

  • Great video! Really helps a lot. I've been making IT-tvs videos on another channel for awhile now and sometimes, I take on the daunting task of editing a good review, or whatever it may be. I eventually complete it and usually I am satisfied. But I really liked how structured this video went into explaining the role of the editor, a position that should be recognized way more often. It's such a behind-the-scenes craft and work that goes into each film that makes it or (sometimes) break it. Either way, I appreciate this video a ton! I wish I gone into editing, since I love it so much. It's just fun to do, even though I'm more traditional with just the usual cut here, cut there, and auditory cues. Not into the whole cgi aspects, as I have no knowledge on how to execute extreme editing just yet. Also, I intend on buying the book, but it's currently 54 bucks! Seems rather expensive for a book.

  • To put everything in one sentence: tell a story not just edit

  • Speaking of editing: How about learning how to mix the music down so the dialogue is clear and clean, not fighting their speaking with too loud music that we don't really need to hear anyway.

  • I learned more in this video about editing (and storytelling) than what I could have imagined! Thank you :)

  • What to leave in... what to leave out... Go your own way.


  • Thanks for the work you do

  • thanks

  • I have worked as a broadcast engineer for around 20 years with half of that being an editor. I am now working on making the transition into film. I have worked on a 24Hr. film fest project and a 48 hr. one. In a sense I am just starting out but have been in the industry a long time. I found this video very helpful.

  • So expensive informations!!!

  • 14:00 That's really interesting. I think there's actually a scene in Hal Hartley's TRUST (1990) where every line of dialogue is delivered offscreen, and you only see reaction shots. It creates a really intimate feeling.

  • thanks #krutikakidsworld

  • Great vid. I'm going to look into that book actually

  • Just subscribed. This will really help me, although I don't make movies I do make a series about mmorpgs where most of these tips can be applied. Except the reactions shots, 'cause ingame characters can't express emotions, or at least the ones I'm working on right now. Waiting to see more of this channel.

  • Thank you. :) This was very helpful. :)


  • This was very eye opening for me. I'm in the beginnings of being a film maker and it means so much to understand these concepts . To learn this early on in the film industry is paramount to being able to make great films. Thank you so much for this video and all of the insight that it brought to me.

  • This guy edits. Do or do not do. In A.A. they have a brilliant phrase - "utilize, don't analyze". If an alcoholic or any person who has scrambled their brains with microwave devices and pharmas decides to take action to save their lives, for instance, there is no outline, framework or plan. The "director" trusts you or they don't. Building a story is not "telling a lie". Anybody, I mean anybody with a camera phone (whatever they are called) can make a movie, tell a story, make a film, even a "short film" is not insignificant - the kids have to start somewhere that doesn't stop them at the guilded doors of the "industry" where they are told "you are not part of the elite filmakers club". Seriously? Did you ever hear the phrase "it's in the writing" or "in the script"? Do you want to tell a story? Do it. Crap or not you just start doing it and see where it leads and tell the Hollywood Mediocrity Machine to go funk itself. "The lie?" Telling stories, indeed is an art form and it's called "storytelling" - a song, a film, a painting, a dance. It is not a lie if someone chooses to participate in "telling the story". I suggest you remove the pharmas and microwave devices from your personal space. Aloha.

  • I can't believe this video shows the entire scene from Modern Romance! So few people realize that Modern Romance is the greatest movie about editing ever made. Footsteps!

  • Can someone plz explain Line delivery Over =info Off= emotion

  • Thanks so much for you'r videos! You really enrich my life man!

  • 8:12

  • With the greatest respect for your truly helpful videos, the audio doesn't work for me here. The simultaneous mix of voice-overs, music and dialogue from films is just too much, especially for the first lesson and a little bit beyond i.e. 2:40 - 5:32 . Maybe just turn the music down a little? Again, meant with all respect as a bit of feedback.

  • 2:42 dad?

  • I need to edit our 25 minute film video & this pops up on my recommendation, thank you. 🙇 I have to be confident bc im a beginner :(

  • This was incredibly informative!

  • Trust the process.

  • I dont know, maybe its just me. But if you're a filmmaker you should know how to edit...even if you dont know how to physically use the editing program you should still be next to the editor and know how the film should be cut (even though i still think you should know how to do it yourself). You wouldnt be a painter and only know how to use one color. Filmmaking is a passion, you should know/learn by the love of the process and by the love of watching films. Its amazing that filmmaking is so affordable now and anybody can do it but it is also sad that it has become another trend... if you can't edit or don't know where and when to cut then you probably shouldnt be a filmmaker im sorry but its true, you cant just be partially into something. Im also not saying to not let an editor have creativity either, cause collaborating is how magic is made. Im just saying that overall you should definitely know how to edit or be able to communicate how you want it edited at least. Im specifically talking about new filmmakers or indie filmmakers, not Hollywood. Hollywood is a joke unless youre Martin Scorsese or Tarantino lol. Filmmaking/editing comes from passion and yes gut instinct, because its your fucking passion lol. There are no tricks or secrets. You either love film and filmmaking or you don't. Just like being a true musician, you create what you love, there is no questioning it lol. Almost everything i learned about filmmaking was out of the love of doing it, especially the editing. Those were the days before youtube existed so any videos we made were for ourselves and a couple friends to watch lol we couldn't stream or upload shit, and it didnt matter to us anyway, we did it cause we actually love it. If youre not out there just doing it and practicing out of pure passion then you're in it for the wrong reasons.

  • Prolly should rename the video, "how to be a part of the SJW wrecking crew."

  • 1:43 what, did she die?

  • is not nuongo😠

  • Man.... Im an editor and every single thing I've heard in your video i feel like i knew it before but i don't know how to say or use it boom great job awesome video !!!!

  • Interesting vid, I’ve been lucky to work with dozens of directors and most have been big personalities. Is this a prerequisite for directing do you think?

  • thank you very much for your content. it helps me each time to improve my skills as editor.

  • Editor of "Birdman" Hmmm Great Video, Love your channel

  • Great video! Here's a breakdown of what I took from each lesson, 1. Know when NOT to cut. Be present and keep your ego in check. 2. Edit to what YOU want. The director will come later and make changes. 3. Trust the process, your changes will be addressed if the film requires. 4. Be a collaborator. 5. Editing is a process of REVISION. You'll need to go back and edit what you edit. 6. Organization = editing. Compartmentalize the smaller chunks. 7. How do you make it as an editor? JUST START EDITING. Cut what you can, as often as possible. 8. Ask yourself, how does your scene affect the overall story? Make adjustments to keep it cohesive. 9. Use reaction shots wisely. Usually it's more interesting to show who's listening rather than who's speaking. 10. Study the why during editing. Make choices intuitively but know the analytical reason why you cut it that way in the first place.

  • 16:09 - That's a famous scene from "Scaramouche", my favorite film with REAL fencing. Such an amazing fencing skills of these two actors! It's this movie that inspired George Lucas to add lightsabers to Star Wars. Unfortunately, it's no longer real fencing what the actors in Star Wars do. Sadly, it has become a ridiculous mix of ballet and kung fu that nobody cares about anymore, except for cosplayer-millennials. 😝

    • 100 percent agree. thank you!

  • Me and my friends are planning on making a film, and we are all around 15-17 years old so I’m doing as much research as I can. 😂

  • thank you

  • in what video that you were editing in davinci resolve? i would love to watch it! ♥♥♥

  • so fun.. early or late.. correct or incorrect.. the grammar is very interesting..

  • I don’t want to be an old man when I’m a professional video editor

  • Thank you for the information

  • This is gold! An editing masterclass in less than 20mins. Thank you for posting videos like this. 👌👌👌

  • Great contribution to editors: thanks!

  • This was an amazing video

  • I got a 6 minute ad before this video saying how the kkk killed this kid

  • I love the observation you make about the importance of keeping an open mindset in the editing process!

  • Thanks so much.

  • Wanna know how to make an editor a artist? Just don't provide him with a script. Watch him sweat...that's art! 😂 Give him script, and art turns to labor. 🤓

  • really great video.