In the raw dailies of picture and sound, a film lies waiting. But the precise mechanics of how it will unfold aren't always obvious. A certain narrative may feel inevitable, but another begs discovery. Some characters may come forward, others may fade away. An unexpected visual style may appear. The story may change during production, or pivot in the edit. And though there may be many ways to tell this story, usually there’s very few ways to tell it well. Delivering a great film takes a nose for the strongest narrative, a listening ear, a strong visual style, fearlessness in the face of decisions, a sense of perspective and a desire to experiment. That’s the editor’s job.