from Sidney Lumet (I guess it's from his book, Making Movies):
• the two basic principles of editing are juxtaposing images and creating tempo.
from Stanley Kubrick:
• four questions you gotta ask yourself:
Is it good or bad?
Is it necessary?
Can I get rid of it?
Does it work?
• a choice quote: "I cut everything to the bone. Get rid of everything that isn't essential."
and finally a video from Orson Welles (idc how much of a shitshow he became towards the end, what a guy):
reading this post over again, i find it funny that i pulled tips from directors rather than actual editors. but it's hard to find a good interview online. i also find it interesting that the editors i consider to be the greatest are all women (my dream editing harem would be with schoonmaker, morse, allen and menke).
here's some nice editing: