Film School: The Instinct in Editing

A look at the more ephemeral side of the art and craft of cutting film.

We love Every Frame A Painting: Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou’s video essays are as insightful about film-making as they are wonderful examples of the craft in themselves. In this video essay, they explore not the tools or mechanics, but the sense and instinct, that go into editing. As the legendary Walter Murch is quoted here: “Editing is very similar to dance… you can explain the rudiments of dance, but to really learn how to dance, you have to dance.”

Meet Walter Murch

Editor and sound designer Walter Murch literally wrote the book on film editing (In The Blink Of An Eye). He devised six criteria of film editing, which we look at in more detail here: