‘Killing your babies’ is a phrase which means cutting out the stuff that you’re very attached to, that doesn’t serve the overall purpose of the film.
It often takes an external eye to see what needs to go because the director is usually too attached. In this case, Iwan wanted some out of focus shots of his fellow band members that I didn’t think should be included. He wanted them because the musicians wouldn’t otherwise feature in the video. As the editor, I’m always looking for the best shots to make the best promo. But Iwan was not wanting to offend band his fellow members.
It feels ruthless, rather like killing your babies.