Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know

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Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know makes the invisible art of editing visible by using nearly 600 colorful frames from popular, recent films. The frames, accompanied by brisk descriptions, make it perfectly suited for quick study readers who like to 'gaze' rather than 'graze' and don't want to read a book. Written by an editor and the author of Cut by Cut: How to Edit your Film or Video, it shows how editors can make or break a movie.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907629
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Prod
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 518,417
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Chandler has been nominated twice for a Cable Emmy for comedy editing. Gael has edited every type of genre on every medium: film, tape, and digital; and has trained hundreds of professionals and students to put their best cut forward. She has written a handful of feature screenplays, one of which won the Scriptwriters Networks' Producers Outreach Program contest. Her first book was Cut by Cut: How to Edit Your Film or Video. Additionally, she has created numerous online courses on a variety of subjects, including editing.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    nice book, easy read

    Nice layout. Editorial choices are explained by a few sentences and complimented by a set of photos. Gael Chandler dives into hundreds of photos from movies to reveal motivations behind different styles of storytelling.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    An excellent primer for any new filmmaker

    Most of my learning as a self-taught video editor, has utilized trial and error and just making it up. That is not a very good way to work and why I am happy that Gael Chandler's Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know fell into my hands.

    The book moves through just about every transition possible in movie editing with frame-by-frame examples from some of the best-edited movies of the last 50 years.

    The last half of the book describes how cuts can make changes in the rhythm and pace of the action. The final chapter sums up the rest of the book, showing how the transitions you have previously read about can create entire scenes through Exposition, Flashback, Flashforward, Montages, Parallel Action, Crosscutting and Overlapping Action.

    This is an incredibly easy book to read due to its use of pictures and text to describe almost every aspect of editing. Be forewarned. Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know does not detail how to make these cuts using your editing system of choice, only what those cuts are and how to use them. If you already know how to create cuts though, this book will definitely be a start to making them move the story and make the movie.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

    Like reading a comic book

    This is like a little guilty pleasure. I bought it and read it like a kid reads a comic book, savoring all the fun. The author uses visual frames from films and deftly places them together to show different film cuts and how they work. It is fun and educational!

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