Editing Kicks Directing’s Butt

4 06 2008

For those of you who haven’t played with Google Trends yet, let me tell you — it’s a cool time waster. The deal is you type some typical Google search terms into its search box, each one separated by a comma. It then returns the number of searches found for those terms, graphed against each other.

As you can see above, articles with the term “film editing” in them have consistently beat out ones with the term “film directing” in terms of number of searches. What this MUST prove, of course, is that more people are interested in editing than directing. Right?

Well… I suppose there is another explanation. Like more people use the term “directing” than “film directing” in their searches? Sure enough, look at where the orange line is in the graph below.

Statistics don’t lie. People using them do.



4 responses

5 06 2008
George Bazhenov

What’s personally interesting for me is most of these searches originate in Chennai, India where my daughter studied editing three years ago. Does it mean they still have no clue and I wasted my money?

8 06 2008

Nah, it means that they’re really interested in film editing.

And that’s a good thing, right?

9 06 2008
Luke Holzmann

“Statistics don’t lie. People using them do.”

So, so true.


12 11 2008
Anesti Vega

I would imagine it’s because film editing might seem more difficult and technically challenging than directing, thus the need for more information on the field. The general populace considers directing fairly easy because they think it just involves telling actors where to stand, what to say and how to look when they are saying it.

It’s too difficult to convince them otherwise, because of their preconceived notions… so I leave it alone. That’s my take on it anyway. This is good stuff though. I’m going to put you in my blogroll. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more!


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