Be organized – gather and import all your assets (video, audio, stills, logos and other graphics) into editing system before you start the actual edit.
Make transcripts of the interviews. I like exacting paper transcripts with all the “ums” and “you knows” included. That way if I’m looking at the paper transcript I get the “true” picture of what was said.
Choose your soundbites from the actual video – not the from the paper transcript. It may look good on paper but might not have been delivered well.
Start and end with your strongest visuals.
Don’t always tell the story in a chronological or linear way.
Avoid “jump cuts” – For example: If you cut a “talking head” clip – and put them back to back in the editing timeline without covering the “cut” up with b-roll (other video) then the “talking head” will “jump” where the cuts were made.
Cut on the action.
Feel the pace – editing is all about pacing and that’s just something you have to feel. Like a musical composition with highs and lows.
Don’t use the same clips more than once.
Always keep your focus on the story – take out anything that’s not relevant to telling that story. And that may mean some footage that’s near and dear to your heart because of what you went through to get it.