The 3 Most Important Words in Editing

by Paddy Bird on
June 18, 2021

There are three magical words in editing, especially in the non-scripted genres that every editor covets, hunts and searches for. These three words get us out of a thousand different problems and so we could say they are super words!

They save us, they help us and they make sense in a world full of chaos. Like a thousand editors before me, I've spent large parts of my career using these words to construct the essential journalistic structure and logic of so many scenes.

What are these three words? Well, I'm sorry but you're just gonna have to tune in to this week's episode of Once Upon a Timeline to find out. Guaranteed, these three words will elevate your skills as an editor so be sure not to miss the show!

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Jack Y Gil

Composers: Gilles Douieb & Jacques Leon
Publisher: Illustration Musicale
Album: Exotico Chic Orchestra
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Track 2: Forget Me

Composer: Oliver Holmes
Publisher: Focus Music
Album: Funky Basslines
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Track 3: Digital Drive

Composer: J C Lemay
Publisher: Koka Media
Album: Breathing Electronica 2 - Sophisticated Chill
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Track 4: Smile Like You

Composer: Jessica Charlotte Dannheisser
Publisher: Abbey Road Masters
Album: Drama Ensemble
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Track 5: Tequila And Champagne

Composer: Gilles Douieb
Publisher: Illustration Musicale
Album: Exotico Chic Orchestra
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Track 6: Neon Sunsets

Composer: Rainman
Publisher: Focus Music
Album: Funky Basslines
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