Advanced Video Camera and Editing

Editing Quotes

“Editing is not a technical process. It’s an artistic process. It’s about storytelling. What editors do is the final rewrite of the script.”

Jack Tucker, A.C.E. (American Cinema Editors), editor, Shogun, Winds of War.

“Film is like thought. It’s the closest to the thought process of any art.”

John Huston, director

“Film is a dramatic construction in which… the characters can be seen to think at even the subtlest level… This power is enhanced by two techniques that lie at the foundation of cinema itself: the close-up, which renders such subtlety visible; and the cut, the sudden switch from one image to another, which mimics the acrobatic nature of thought itself.”

Walter Murch, A.C.E., sound editor, Apocalypse Now

“An editor is successful when the audience enjoys the story and forgets about the juxtapositions of the shots. If the audience is aware of the editing, the editor has failed.”

Ken Dancyger, from his book, The Technique of Film and Video Editing

“It’s the editor who orchestrates the rhythm of the images, and that is the rhythm of the dialogue, and of course the rhythm of the music. For me, the editor is like a musician, and often a composer.”

Martin Scorcese

“The filmed material at the moment of editing can sometimes be wiser than the author or editor. I realised the emotive scenes as the Holy Scriptures say, ‘without seeing my creation,’ that is, I realised them thanks to the feelings which the events inspired within me.”

Sergei Eisenstein, director, reflecting on his film Potemkin

"We dream in dissolves, but we think in cuts."

John Hyjek, NBC News Editor