December 6, 2014

editing film scene
This week we’re recreating a scene from a film, getting in to the nuts of bolts of editing. Studying cinema in this much detail is guaranteed to teach us loads.


In the second instalment of the ‘Filmmaking Scene’ series, we’re looking at editing. By recreating a scene from scratch, we can learn a lot about how professional filmmakers use editing to tell their story.

Check out this week’s dslr guide right here:


The videos below have taught me loads about editing. My favourite has to be Larry Jordan’s video about “The Power of Reaction Shots”. He edits a scene, brilliantly explaining the power of L cuts and J-Cuts, as well as many basic principles of editing all in a 10 minute video.

My next recommendation features Larry Jordan again, in an extensive study of editing ‘Without talking tech”. It’s a great summary of storytelling through editing, including lots of examples.

Next up is another video essay from the genius Tony Zhou, talking about Jackie Chan’s filmmaking style, and how it differs from traditional american films.

And finally, I recommend this interview with Jackie Chan, we get an insight into his persistent and pure attitude to filmmaking. It’s inspiring!


Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Stu

    Hi Simon,
    I just discovered this site recently and I have to say its a great resource, the amount you have achieved at such a young age is astounding! I particularly enjoyed your videos on lighting and im strongly considering buying the pixapro 100D LED, would you recommend it?

    • Thanks Stu, i’m glad you like the site! Yes, I recommend it! It’s not a perfect light, but the softbox attachments are so valuable worthwhile, along the sheer power it outputs! It’s certainly a very good start, just make sure you custom white balance your camera.

      • Stu

        Thanks simon, that helps, I think I will buy one one to start with and go from there :)

  • I liking this series , film making series . Sound and now Editing. Would like to see a BTS on one of these. This last one for example , lighting , position of the mic & camera, how the actor acted , read his lines ? where you acting with him , etc….

    • I’m very happy to hear that, it’s my favourite series to make! I plan to do episodes about ‘How to film a scene’ as well as some videos about directing actors one day! thanks for the suggestions

  • Amar Maharjan

    “Unable to resolve the server’s DNS address ” what is this?????