For the past ten years, I’ve been editing professionally. Yet one question always stumps me: “How do you know when to cut?” And I can only answer that it’s very instinctual. On some level, I’m just thinking and feeling my way through the edit. So today, I’d like to describe that process: how does an editor think and feel?

A very special thanks to David Poland for the use of DP/30 clips.
And a very special thanks to Aso for the use of his music.

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Music:
Aso - Soul Traveling (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Harry James - I’ve Heard That Song Before
Nat King Cole - Aquellos Ojos Verdes
Aso - Jazz Intro
Nujabes - Perfect Circle (Instrumental)
George Benson - On Broadway (Live)

Interview Clips:
DP/30 Michael Kahn (2011) youtube.com/watch?v=xjdOG-w0Zz4
Michael Caine - Acting in Film (1987) youtube.com/watch?v=bZPLVDwEr7Y
DP/30 Thelma Schoonmaker (2013) youtube.com/watch?v=KIKRcV4kHzg
DP/30 Thelma Schoonmaker (2011) youtube.com/watch?v=KgXcpZqQy8M
BAFTA - Walter Murch on Editing (2013) youtube.com/watch?v=WcBpXLNmS3Q

Recommended Reading & Viewing:
On Film Editing by Edward Dmytryk amzn.com/dp/0240517385
Cut to the Chase by Sam O’Steen & Bobbie O’Steen amzn.com/dp/094118837X
In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch amzn.com/dp/1879505622
The Conversations with Walter Murch by Michael Ondaatje amzn.com/dp/0375709827

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