For a film director, editing is just as important as the shots they use to film their scenes. Editing is not just cutting clips and arranging them in a linear or non-linear order, it goes so much further than that. For a Director, the editing process is huge. The right clips in the right sequence can tell a brilliant story and spark an emotion with the audience, however, if done in the wrong order, the film can lose its touch and overall, what it is about. A Director also has to work with music to help edit the scenes to work in harmony with it. Doing this correctly can make a scene more intense or give another emotion.
Most films nowadays have linear editing to them. This means that the film’s scenes go in chronological order. Most of the time this is through the medium time, so it will being in the day, play through the day and end in the night. This can be on a larger scale over a matter of months or years, but will continue in the same time line. It will not jump about, going backwards and forwards and vice versa. Linear editing does not only go through time, but also through places, if a film is about people discovering something in New York, all the scenes in New York will play, then say they discover something in London, all the London scenes will play. This editing style is popular as the audience doesn’t have to put much thought into the film. Most linear edited movies are easy to follow and are mainstream, which is why most of Hollywoods big Blockbusters use this method of editing.
Normally associated with Avant Garde and thriller films, non-linear editing captures the audience and makes them think more. Directors use this method of editing to add thrill or mystery to a film. A brilliant example of a non-linear film is Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. The film follows a group of retired superheroes in their quest to find out who killed one of them. The film is non-linear as it showers scenes of the main timeline, but skips back into each characters past. This jumping through time not only helps you, the viewer, to solve the mystery, but also lets you delve deeper into the characters pasts and learn a lot about them.
Overall editing is very important to a Director and a film. It can change the theme, emotion or idea behind the whole film. Not only that, but it can give a different feel to one clip, just by editing it in the right way. When creating a film, the director must have amazing editing at the heart of the project, and work with it to create the perfect film.