We ‘shoot to edit’ with the intention of creating atmosphere, ideas and suggestions to the audience. By continually filming every take, it allows a variety of raw footage that can then be selected, omitted or rearranged later in the post-production process, thereby permitting the manipulation of feelings from audiences towards messages the filmmaker desires to share.
Secondly, ‘shoot to edit’ allows for control over sound. Sounds within films are either diegetic or non-diegetic but are often not natural and recorded and added during post-production to create dramatic and stylistic effects throughout the film. If we’re shooting to edit the film, then the filming is primary and sound is secondary, enabling the filmmaker to manipulate the correct sound to sync on film for whichever intended effect.