Having edited my last two short films - and the most recent video - I've come to understand that an editor essentially crystallizes the filmmaker's vision. Good editors have patience like a monk, pay attention to the most minute details, and share one priceless skill...rhythm. Without this sense of rhythm you cannot become a good film editor because an editor knows the value of 24 frames that make up the second in film much like a 100-meter sprinter the value of a fraction of a second. Editing, now, is my favorite part of the filmmaking process. When ideas come together and a scene works - so much of the editing process goes into making things work - it's orgasmic!
Anyway, jump over at NY Times pages and read this piece.