To edit or not to edit? That is the question! At the beginning there were no editing process, a film was made of a single shot. Then filmmakers found a way to combine shots by cutting and joining pieces of film togheter. This process evolved with the years, bringing different ways of editing the footage, from a linear and “continuos” style to a non-linear and “non continuos” one. Here you can find some examples of these different tecniques, enjoy the reading and let me know if you find it interesting.
The article stars like this:
Editing describes the relationship between shots and the process by which they are combined. It is essential to the creation of narrative space and to the establishment of narrative time. The relationship between shots may be graphic, rhythmic, spatial and/or temporal.
Filmmakers and editors may work with various goals in mind. Traditionally, commercial cinema prefers the continuity system, or the creation of a logical, continuous narrative which allows the viewer to suspend disbelief easily and comfortably. Alternatively, filmmakers may use editing to solicit our intellectual participation or to call attention to their work in a reflexive manner.
Here is the link: http://collegefilmandmediastudies.com/editing