The Invisible Magician
“Often, an editing job is considered successful when it goes unnoticed on the screen. Ironically, an editor invests weeks or months of intensive work to achieve the impression that he or she has done nothing at all.” Ephraim Katz, The Film Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (London, UK: Harper Collins, 2001), 410
Editing thus is, and should be, invisible. In my experience the only time an audience notices the editor’s work -unless they are editors themselves – s when the editing is unskilled. This possibly explains why most editors are quietly introverted and self-deprecating artists, because, as Katz continues: “Working behind the scenes, away from the glare of publicity and the glamorous surrounding of the film set, the film editor is an unsung hero of a motion picture’s creative team.” Ibid.