How to edit a scene, by Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter for Fincher’s GWTDT.

Angus Wall has edited the last five movies directed by David Fincher — the three most-recent (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) in partnership with Kirk Baxter. Earlier this year, Wall and Baxter won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Film Editing for “The Social Network,” and while they each work on outside projects ­ — Wall created the arresting title sequence for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” — they spend much of their time in adjacent rooms, cutting and splicing copious amounts of Fincher’s footage. Wall explains the key to editing like this: “The human brain wants to put things together; it wants to create a narrative.” Their job is to facilitate that desire.

How to edit a scene, by Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter for Fincher’s GWTDT.

Angus Wall has edited the last five movies directed by David Fincher — the three most-recent (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) in partnership with Kirk Baxter. Earlier this year, Wall and Baxter won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Film Editing for “The Social Network,” and while they each work on outside projects ­ — Wall created the arresting title sequence for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” — they spend much of their time in adjacent rooms, cutting and splicing copious amounts of Fincher’s footage. Wall explains the key to editing like this: “The human brain wants to put things together; it wants to create a narrative.” Their job is to facilitate that desire.