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Editing isn’t just about pushing buttons or using the latest software; it’s about the psychology behind the edit. Editing comes down to one very simple moment – when to cut.  This may sound easy, but knowing when to cut requires an extensive understanding of the psychology of storytelling, emotional intensity, pacing, visual flow, continuity, and editorial aesthetics.
In this module you will learn these techniques – when to cut, how to determine whether you should cut or not, the hierarchy of story-telling importance when editing, what to show or not show, and how to use psychology to craft a scene the invokes powerful emotions – all through how it is edited.
Unlock techniques by some of the most influential editors in the history of filmmaking, and make them your own.


  • 37:39 video that teaches you the psychology of the edit
  • Complete companion resource guide
  • Guide on Rhythmic Intuition


  • The psychology of the edit
  • How to use juxtaposition to improve your story
  • When to cut
  • When not to cut
  • How to cut on motion
  • How to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts
It was a very well thought out video and I love the attention to detail and the fact that the subject matter focused on the
aesthetic and storytelling aspects of editing.
   - Cedric Pounds, Chabot College