Analysis and Reflection 3 – Film&TV1

Why we “Shot to Edit”

When filming a scene, or a film, or whatever you are filming, it is a must that you ‘shoot to edit’. This is where the shots are filmed so as to give editing more to work with and provide greater manipulation ability when editing to fit a story, allowing for greater changes to be made in the editing process.

One of the reasons is so the editor has a better chance of cutting between takes at the best moment. If there is more footage left at the end, instead of cutting as soon as, say, an actor leaves frame, the editor can find the write moment, or the right beat, to transition to the next scene. Or possibly, if a specific transition is needed, like a cross fade, there would be enough footage to allow it without looking wrong or cutting into the main action.

Another reason is that it allows the director to make more artistic changes later in post-production. If a scene has been ‘shot to edit’, then the director has more leeway when composing a scene, and can easily change, play around with, or straight up bastardise a scene. If a scene hasn’t been ‘shot to edit, the director may not be able to do that.