The Science Behind Film Editing

The Science Behind Film Editing

Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino & George Lucas say the editor writes the last draft of the script. So why not bring in the editor sooner, while you are still writing the script?

“Editor’s Thinking” is a cognitive skill set you can use to improve your screenplay before filming.

In the first chapter we discuss the concept of Onscreen Drafting, the process of making the script work visually and emotionally, taking advantage of the editor’s expertise of movement and flow.

“The Science of Editing” by @ThisGuyEdits and Dr. Karen Pearlman, based on her book “Cutting Rhythms – Intuitive Film Editing”:

Karen holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts and is currently a lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University. She is a former President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and a three-time nominee for Best Editing at the Australian Screen Editors Guild Annual Awards. Karen is also a full member of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image and the Film Critics Circle, Australia.


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THIS GUY EDITS (TGE) is a youtube channel by film editor Sven Pape, an A.C.E. award nominee, whose credits include work for directors James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco.

You get to see my timeline and as I cut scenes. I show work in progress. TGE is not about how to run a piece of software, but rather how to tell stories creatively.

I cut my latest film “Flesh & Blood” for Sundance filmmaker Mark Webber.


My absolute favorite Film Editing Book is…
“In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch:

Find out about Walter Murch’s theory on the relationship of eye blinking and editing:

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