Film Editing

YouTube is quite literally littered with editing tutorials. Most of them, however, are concerned with teaching you a specific piece of software. And the few that aren’t technical are usually very basic (although Inside the Edit has a few free tutorials that dive into advanced material). For those of you that want more in-depth material without purchasing a course, however, the YouTube channel This Guy Edits will become your new favorite place on the internet.

This Guy Edits is the digital home of Sven Pape, a prolific editor whose credits include work for a few directors that you may have heard of like James Cameron, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Franco. Sven is currently in the process of cutting “Flesh & Blood,” a new feature from Sundance filmmaker Mark Webber, and he’s sharing the entire process (along with a bunch of great editing tips) on his channel.

Even though he’s only been posting these videos for a month or so, Sven has already created a magnificent resource for editors looking to improve their craft. Here are a few of my favorite videos he’s done so far:

It’s also worth noting that Sven is using FCPX to cut this feature. Though this channel is amazing because it dives into editing theory and practical application of that theory, if you watch enough of the videos, you’ll undoubtedly come away with handfuls of FCPX tips and tricks that you can apply to your own workflows. It’s basically a crash course in how to professionally edit long-form content with the much-maligned software, even though that’s not really the point.

Anyhow, if you’re interested in following along as Sven cuts Flesh & Blood, you can subscribe to This Guy Edits on YouTube.