What is Film Editing ?
Imagine you are seated in a movie theater. The lights are dim and credits appear over an opening shot of a seacoast town. The title appears on the screen and after the last credits evaporate, you see a long shot of a vacant summer cottage, then a medium shot of a mysterious-looking man pouring lighter fluid on the grass near the house and striking a match. The grass catches fire; the man flees. The vivid crackling of the fire dissolves into the sound of a young girl’s laughter as she packs clothing into a cardboard box and sings along with her CD player.
Who created this scene? The screenwriter, director, cinematographer, actors, lighting designer, sound designer, and, finally, the film editor. After hours and hours of reviewing the unedited film, the film editor created this one-minute scene. The scene appears to take place in a seacoast town during an autumn afternoon. In truth, little of what the audience sees on screen actually occurred, and it certainly was not all filmed in one afternoon.