Know when to cut

Emo­tion and rhythm is a major part of film edit­ing. Learn­ing when to cut is a mat­ter of prac­tice. It might appear easy but it is not some­thing that comes eas­i­ly at first. Watch­ing lots of movies, espe­cial­ly old ones, will help you to under­stand rhythm and know what works and what doesn’t work. Keep prac­tis­ing, try cut­ting your scene in dif­fer­ent lengths and see which works best. Watch your actors care­ful­ly and see how they move. Cut­ting on the move helps to hide the cut. Watch for emo­tion in your actors face and let the emo­tion play out. Like dance, try and go with the flow.