Grammar of the Edit / Edition 2

Grammar of the Edit / Edition 2

by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson
     
 

Learn the basic "grammar" of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! This book shows you in no uncertain terms (independently of software) what you absolutely need to know to edit your video production. Whether you are just learning how to edit or you need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common

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Learn the basic "grammar" of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! This book shows you in no uncertain terms (independently of software) what you absolutely need to know to edit your video production. Whether you are just learning how to edit or you need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common practices of editing to help create a coherent and meaningful story or visual presentation. This book concentrates on where and how an edit is made and teaches you how to answer the simple question: 'What do I need to do in order to make a good edit between two shots?'

Grammar of the Edit begins with an explanation of the basic rules of visual construction that will allow you to arrange your footage logically. The book takes you from the basic vocabulary of editing, to knowing when to cut (and why), to transitions, and finally to good working practices. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Edit is a staple of any filmmaker's library.

Don't miss the companion volume, Grammar of the Shot 2e, 9780240521213!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240521206
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/08/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Editing Basics

A Little Editing History

What Factors May Impact Your Editing Choices?

The Basic Editing Transitions

Stages of the Editing Process

Review

Chapter 2 Understanding the Footage

Basic Shot Types

Shot Descriptions

Increasing Shot Complexity

Simple Shots

Complex Shots

Developing Shots

Reviewing the Footage-Selecting the Best Shots

What Could Make or Break a Shot?

Focus

Audio Quality

Exposure and Color Temperature

Framing and Composition

Screen Direction

180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action

30 Degree Rule

Matching Angles

Matching Eye-Line

Continuity of Action

Continuity of Dialogue

Performance

Be Familiar with All the Footage

So How Does All of This Help You?

Review

Chapter 3 When to Cut and Why?

What Factors Help Make a Transition a Good Edit?

Information

Motivation

Shot Composition

Camera Angle

Continuity

Sound

Is there a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?

Review

Chapter 4 Transitions and Edit Categories

The Cut

The Dissolve

The Wipe

The Fade

The Five Major Categories of Edit Types

Will I Be Quizzed on Any of This?

Review

Chapter 5 General Practices for Editors

Sound and Vision are Partners and Not Rivals

A New Shot Should Contain New Information

There Should Be a Reason for Every Edit

Observe the Action Line

Select the Appropriate Form of Edit

The Better the Edit, the Less It Is Noticed

Editing is Creating

Review

Chapter 6 Working Practices

Working Practices

Review

Chapter 7 The Final Cut: Additional Editing Topics You are Bound to Encounter

Additional Editing Terms

Making Your Way into the World of Editing

Digital Workflow

The Role of an Assistant Editor

In Conclusion

Review

Glossary

Index

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