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

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The Technique of Film & Video Editing is the best training for aspiring directors, providing a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analysis of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. Pract ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published July 31st 2002 by Focal Press (first published 1993)
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Justin Hall
Kind of interesting, but really, it didn't focus as much on editing techniques as it did in director's choices and storytelling I was a bit disappointed. Also too theoretical as I feel I could dispute quite a few of his points.
Michael
Aug 13, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first and possibly biggest issue with this book is that there are almost no images illustrating whatever topic or scene is at hand, a choice justified by the author thanks to "the advent of the VCR" (p. xxiii). The problem is that a typical page quotes 2-3 different movies. Assuming you do have the hundreds of movies at home, it is unlikely that you will put down the book every other paragraph to browse through the entire film---because, as it happens, Dancyger also felt it unnecessary to in ...more
Raghunath Kalpana-Ananth
NOT RECOMMENDED. Disappointed with this book. This has very little about editing. In fact, I got only 20 pages of useful information about editing from this book.

The author meanders so much! When he writes 3 pages about a film, he spends *all* of it talking about the story, the screenplay, the framing, the photography, etc etc that he barely inserts a paragraph about the actual editing in the scenes and how it gives the desired emotional impact.

Sometimes, he describes a film for 3 pages and th
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Nancy Schober
Jun 02, 2011 Nancy Schober rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I became interested in video editing everything about it became totally fascinating to me. And this was just the jamb packed kind of reference that appealed to me then.

This tome covers a broad swatch of film making history and more of a 'why' book than a 'how' book.

Motion pictures offer an amazing breadth of story telling abilities and this book exhaustively covers what has already been done.
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Section 2 onward was the most helpful.
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Ken Dancyger is the author or co-author of seven books on screenwriting, directing, film editing and production. They are The Technique of Film and Video Editing (5th edition), Focal Press, 2010; The Director's Idea, Focal Press, 2006; Alternative Scriptwriting (4th edition), Focal Press, 2006 (with Jeff Rush); Writing the Short Film (3rd edition), Focal Press, 2005 (with Pat Cooper); Global Scrip ...more
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