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First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors

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First Cut offers an opportunity to learn what film editing really is, and to learn from the source. Gabriella Oldham's interviews with twenty-three award-winning film editors give a full picture of the complex art and craft of editing a film. Filled with animated anecdotes and detailed examples, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of both documentar ...more
Paperback, 417 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by University of California Press (first published July 2nd 1992)
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Isaac
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Editing is more than just "cutting out the bad bits", it involves the art and mastery of storytelling.

This book is an endless supply of knowledge & encouragement for me. I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone who is even remotely interested in the mystery of film editing. Whether you are a student, a budding editor, professional, or just the curious reader, this book will reveal and explain the significance of film editing.

I am currently reading it for the second time, visiting it
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Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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You can't learn editing from a book, although you can get an idea about what editing means, and believe me, editing means different things to different editors. This book provides a thorough glimpse into the minds of several different types of editors and their thoughts on the processes and styles they employ. The book is by no means technical (not at all) and is an interesting and well edited read.

I would recommend this book to filmmakers more than non-filmmakers, although the latter would bene
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
maybe the single best book on editing ever. not an instructional manual, but highly instructive nonetheless.
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