One of the most challenging aspects of filmmaking is the editing process. As an aspiring director or filmmaker, it’s crucial you know how the editing goes. This not only gives you an idea of the overall film but also hones your eye when judging and putting together your shots. Hence, it’s recommended that you participate in the editing every chance you can while still starting out.

There are a lot of tips and techniques you can use to make your film better as well as find out if all the scenes you’ve put together work during editing. But there’s one that’s often not mentioned – watching your film without sound. It might seem odd but it’s a great help.  Here’s why:

Editing a film with sound and dialogue makes you fully aware of everything. This not only distracts you from the flow of the sequences but also keeps your mind from spinning, trying to fix everything else if there are issues instead of focusing on the shots and the sequence alone.

When you watch your film without any sound or dialogue, you focus more attention to the sequence and flow of the shots. This gives you a pretty good idea whether the visuals for your film work to express what you have in mind with the story. In essence, any good film should be visual. The dialogue, sound effects and more only help complement and enhance it.

Once you have the visuals figured out, you can watch your film with all the music and dialogue or sound effects then edit from there.

If you’re starting out and don’t have a film yet, then go study the great masters. Watch a film you love without absolutely any sound and pay attention to the editing sequence. Spielberg and James Cameron have great editing capacities and are some of the best you can study for editing.