I started editing in order to finish my own projects. I found it to be one of the areas of the filmmaking process that aligned with my sensibilities and abilities the most. Very simply, the first order responsibility is to the story, to finding the highlights and lowlights and making them as clear as possible to an audience. The next order is to increase emotional resonance of a piece… through pacing, shot selection, and sequence constructions. Elementary sound design, visual effects, and music can also play a part. It doesn’t matter if I’m cutting a commercial, a drama, an interview, or a training video. Somewhere there’s a message and a story and my job is to find and express it.
Primarily I’m a Premiere user but I’m familiar with Avid, Resolve, and Final Cut.