Editing is part of the creative post-production process . The editing is derived from the traditional process of working with film, but now it increasingly involves the use of digital technology.
WE works with the raw footage, selecting shots and combining them into sequences to create a finished
motion picture. Editing is described as an art or skill, the only art that is unique to cinema, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it, although there are close parallels to the editing process in other art forms like poetry or novel writing.
Editing is often referred to as the “invisible art” because
when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the editor’s work. On its most fundamental level,
Editing is the art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence.
OUR job isn’t simply to mechanically put pieces of a film together, cut off film slates, or edit dialogue
scenes. WE must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as the actors’ performances to effectively “re-imagine” and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole.
WE usually play a dynamic role in the making of a film.
With the advent of digital editing, PEEPING TOM PRODUCTION have become responsible for many areas of filmmaking that used to be the responsibility of others. For instance, in past years, picture editors dealt only with just that—picture. Sound, music, and (more recently) visual effects editors dealt with the practicalities of other aspects of the editing process, usually under the direction of the picture editor and director. However, digital systems have increasingly put these responsibilities on the picture editor. It is common, especially on lower budget films, for the assistant editors or even the editor to cut in music, mock up visual effects, and add sound effects or other sound replacements.
These temporary elements are usually replaced with more refined final elements by the sound, music, and visual effects teams hired to complete the picture.
Editing is an art that can be used in diverse ways. It can create sensually provocative montages; become a laboratory for experimental cinema; bring out the emotional truth in an actor’s performance; create a point of view on otherwise obtuse events; guide the telling and pace of a story; create an illusion of danger where there is none; give emphasis to things that would not have otherwise been noted; and even create a vital subconscious emotional connection to the viewer, among many other possibilities.