For scripted projects such as dramas and comedies, an editor will have a script to work to, choosing the best combination of shots to tell the story.
“The script is like a blueprint,” explains The Crown editor Una Ni Dhonghaile,
A documentary is a rather different beast. “You may be faced with 400 hours of footage shot across many years in a sprawling way. The people making the film don't know what's going to happen next,” says editor Ben Stark whose credits include Dispatches, Baby P: The Untold Story and 9/11: The Falling Man.