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

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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...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Michael Wiese Productions (first published 2009)
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Ms
A very good introduction, follow up with Focal Press's technical books and Walter Murch's creative/technical books.
Chris
Oct 21, 2013 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Future film editors and filmmakers
Film making is truly a process that requires a physical interaction in order to learn and understand it. This book, great in concept, is hard to really grasp when it involves a process that you really need to see visually in order to understand how it works.

The author did a good job of explaining what some of the most basic and commonly used cuts are. If only for that reason this book is a good basis to start from. Throughout the book he provides examples of what those cuts look like using pictu...more
James
Lots of pictures, very little description. While the editing information was at a fairly basic level, Chandler made it very difficult to follow. And with all of the pictures and references to film, I found it boring. There were a couple of interesting ideas about how Hollywood films use strange cuts, like the wipe cut, but not a lot of good information.
Rory
Whilst an interesting and informative look into the art of editing for beginners, this book sadly seems to suffer from the kindle format. It becomes difficult to read the sparse text between pictures, when the picture sequences pass onto the next digital page.
David
This is a good overview of basic information. Although not nearly as some other resources that cover the same material, it includes numerous helpful examples.
Natalie
Pretty basic stuff, but Gael Chandler keeps it short and sweet with fun contemporary movie picture references.
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