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Watch: This 2005 Cinemax movie trailer is blowing minds

Video editing is an underappreciated skill. They say when it’s done well, you don’t notice it. And when it’s done badly, it leaves you confused and disoriented.

Here’s an example of bad editing:

But when editing is done right, it elevates the images to an artform, telling a story in a new way. Imagine you’re an editor working for Cinemax in 2005. When you’re not daydreaming about working for HBO, you’re tasked with coming up with a trailer to promote the movie channel’s offerings. And that’s when this editor stepped up and knocked it out of the park.

Just imagine how good a 13-year-old trailer from a second-tier cable channel needs to be to get more than 47,000 upvotes on Reddit. And many of these movies are notoriously bad: “Catwoman,” “Elektra,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Taxi.” You have to imagine the editor was thankful for “Spider-Man 2.” In the end, these seamless cuts, great music, and playful sense of humor combine to make a 100-second masterpiece.

If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the creator’s YouTube channel. There’s so much more editing goodness within.

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