The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice / Edition 5

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The Technique of Film & Video Editing contains the best training for aspiring directors and editors, providing a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. A comprehensive history of editing is accomplished through analyses of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos. Practical skills are grounded by an exposition of the ideas and styles of editing through which the director can understand the visual tools at his or her disposal. This book, puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against a background of theory, history, and practice.

Covering cutting edge topics such as the influence of new technology on the art of editing and the appropriation of style over content, the latest edition examines the editing characteristics of nonlinear storytelling. As well, there is new material focusing on the trend of documentary as mainstream entertainment t (e.g., Fahrenheit 9/11, The Fog of War) and the possibilities that digital audio effects present.

About the Author:
Ken Dancyger is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"From D.W. Griffin to MTV, from silent movies to action films, Dancyger explores not only history, techniques, and the social aspects of film and video, but he also looks at how technology has affected film and video making and editing. This isn't a quick read but definitely worthwhile if you want to gain an understanding of what it takes to be an excellent director and editor.” -Theano Nikitas, Camcorder & ComputerVideo

Praise for previous editions:

"Ken's additions to his book show all of us who love and study the craft of editing, a real understanding of the importance and stimulating impact editing has in helping tell a story, create mood, and shape characters."
—Sam Pollard, film editor, Girl 6, Clockers, Mo Better Blues

"Dancyger's book is an excellent introduction to the art of manipulating moving pictures and sound for students, amateurs, hobbiests and professionals alike." - Videomaker

"...a thoroughly "reader friendly" introduction and survey of proven editing techniques and how those techniques influence the editing process..." - The Bookwatch, Sept. 2006"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240813974
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 269,024
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for the Fourth Edition     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction to the Fourth Edition     xv
Introduction     xvii
History of Film Editing     1
The Silent Period     3
The Early Sound Film     39
The Influence of the Documentary     53
The Influence of the Popular Arts     71
Editors Who Became Directors     81
Experiments in Editing: Alfred Hitchcock     97
New Technologies     110
International Advances     128
The Influence of Television and Theatre     148
New Challenges to Filmic Narrative Conventions     159
The MTV Influence on Editing I     184
The MTV Influence on Editing II     196
Changes in Pace     214
The Appropriation of Style I: Imitation and Innovation     223
The Appropriation of Style II: Limitation and Innovation     233
The Appropriation of Style III: Digital Reality     255
Editing for the Genre     265
Action     267
Dialogue     280
Comedy     293
Documentary     304
Imaginative Documentary     320
Innovations in Documentary I     328
Innovations in Documentary II     342
Ideas and Sound     349
Principles of Editing     359
The Picture Edit and Continuity     361
The Picture Edit and Pace     373
The Sound Edit and Clarity     383
The Sound Edit and Creative Sound     391
Innovations of Sound     400
Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology I     408
Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology II     417
Conclusion     433
Filmography     435
Glossary     449
Selected Bibliography     458
Index     461
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