Grammar of the Edit / Edition 2by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson
Pub. Date: 04/08/2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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/b>
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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- 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.20(d)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Editing Basics
A Little Editing History
What Factors May Impact Your Editing Choices?
The Basic Editing Transitions
Stages of the Editing Process
Chapter 2 Understanding the Footage
Basic Shot Types
Increasing Shot Complexity
Reviewing the Footage-Selecting the Best Shots
What Could Make or Break a Shot?
Exposure and Color Temperature
Framing and Composition
180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action
30 Degree Rule
Continuity of Action
Continuity of Dialogue
Be Familiar with All the Footage
So How Does All of This Help You?
Chapter 3 When to Cut and Why?
What Factors Help Make a Transition a Good Edit?
Is there a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?
Chapter 4 Transitions and Edit Categories
The Five Major Categories of Edit Types
Will I Be Quizzed on Any of This?
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
Chapter 6 Working Practices
Chapter 7 The Final Cut: Additional Editing Topics You are Bound to Encounter
Additional Editing Terms
Making Your Way into the World of Editing
The Role of an Assistant Editor
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