The Renaissance Editor

by Paddy Bird on
January 29, 2021

One of the misconceptions about editing is that it’s one skill. It isn’t. creative editing is a collection of individual skills brought together within one person. From pace and timing, picture-cutting and scoring, to narrative structure, the well-balanced editor needs to master all of them to succeed.

I first discovered the idea of The Renaissance Editor nearly 20 years ago when reading about Italian history: the idea that if someone wanted to progress in this art form, they would need to become an editing polymath, someone who was talented in every single one of the dozen or so separate art forms within editing.

In this week’s podcast, I take a detailed look at this concept and how it can help anyone move up the ranks of narrative editing.

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Becoming of Time

Composer: Jeff Benn, Rohan Jones
Publisher: Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd
Album: Immersive Wonderment
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Track 2: Water On Glass

Composer: Kenny Segal, Patrick James McArthur
Publisher: NSLE Music
Album: Beauty And Wonder
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Track 3: Stillness

Composer: Benji Paul Merrison, Will Slater
Publisher: BBC Production Music
Album: Moments Of Pure Wonder
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Track 4: Unreal Beauty

Composer: Thomas Morse,Thornton III Jenkins
Publisher: NSLE Music
Album: Beauty And Wonder
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Track 5: Cherries

Composer: Rainman
Publisher: Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd
Album: Immersive Wonderment
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