12 Tips for Better Film Editing

Love this post by Oliver Peters. A lot of reiterated basics here but some of my own tricks are echoed (use b-roll in threes!). A great post for beginners.

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I’m currently cutting a digital feature and this has made me think about editing styles. Here are an even dozen tips that I feel will make any budding film editor better at this craft. I’m sure not everyone will agree with all of these points, since they come out of my own approach and style. Nevertheless, I hope they offer some takeaway value for you.


1. Cut tight – The best editing approach is to cut tight scenes without becoming too “cutty”. This means taking out unnecessary pauses between actors’ delivery of dialogue lines. Sometimes it mean tightening the gaps within dialogue sentences through the use of carefully placed cutaways. It may also mean losing redundant lines of dialogue, after the director has reviewed your cut.


In general, my approach is to start with a cut that is precise from the beginning as opposed to cutting the first pass sloppy…

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