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by Gael Chandler

Category: Movies
Subcategory: Humour and Entertainment
Author: Gael Chandler
ISBN: 1932907629
ISBN13: 978-1932907629
Language: English
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (October 1, 2009)
Pages: 220
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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 of Cut by Cut: How to Edit your Film or Video, it shows how editors can make or break a movie.
Comments to eBook Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know
Alister
I was a TV Minor in School. I am in my 40's and have seen a lot of movies in my lifetime. This book is written for a 1st year film student. I say written but its mostly just notes on different cuts. It was just an introduction to the theory of movie edits. I was really looking for more of a critique of edits and a list of do and don'ts. The majority of pics are in black and white and the resolution is very low (because it came from video) I gave it 3 stars because I did learn a couple of things, but for the most part unless you are young and new to moves I would not recommend for the purpose of trying to learn how to make raw footage into a well cut movie.
Silly Dog
When we watch a film we are usually carried along with the story and not very conscious of what goes into capturing our attention. We usually aren't aware of how the film was made, and when we are it's usually a sign that it wasn't made very well.

With a lot of pictures and not too many words this book gives film buffs a huge insight into how movies work, especially how hundreds of small pieces of film, usually just a few seconds long, are put together to keep the story going forward. Putting these pieces together is called editing and Chandler is good at explaining it. (probably because she has done a lot of it.).

Along with showing us what we are seeing on the screen she also supplies names for all the different types of `cuts'. Knowing the names will make you more aware of what you are seeing and make you sound smarter the next time you are talking about a movie.
Siralune
This is by far one of the best movie-making books I've read, from the perspective of a novice attempting to learn the trade through books and courses. I've read repeatedly about filming an action from a distance, close-up on the hands, close up on the face, side shot, POV shot, but this book actually tells you why and when. Very good, highly recommended, full of illustrations and examples.
Fearlesshunter
This provides an ambitious and generalized overview on the most common cuts used in filmmaking. Unlike some others, I like the screen grabs. Why tell me about it when you can show me the picture? Plus, I'd rather see it than read it. Interestingly, I didn't care much for the author's other book, Cut by Cut, but I do like this one much better. However, there are some things that didn't make sense, and I'm not sure the author explains why she chose the types of cuts she did and why she categorized them the way she did. To give her credit, I would say she was attempting to break new ground and create a visual compendium of "cuts," but in doing so, I think she created some false classifications, which are misleading, confusing, or simply make no sense. Many of the cuts she describes accurately, but several seem miscategorized. I think she should have made a disclaimer that not every editor agrees on the terminology she uses or the classification system she uses as well. For instance, in Chapter 2, she makes the bold assertion that "Match cuts comprise the vast majority of cuts editors make." Is that really true? Well, it is if you accept her expansive definition of what constitutes a "match" cut. Traditionally, a match cut is usually for a cut where two things dissolve into one another because there is some graphic similarity between them. For instance, a classic match cut is in Space Odyssey 2001 when the caveman throws a bone in the air and it transitions into an orbiting spaceship. But in her book, she calls a cut a "match cut" if it matches in screen direction, eyeline direction, angle, framing, shape,and even lighting and color. The idea of a match cut on color is especially perplexing because the way she presents a color match has to do with color correcting of an entire film or scene and nothing really to do with editing per se. She also has a section on Rogue Cuts that really seem more like just errors in editing versus "cuts" you would need to know. For instance, one of the cuts she says you need to know is the "bad cut." She describes this as a cut that does not move the story forward and risks disengaging the audience. Is that a type of cut? It just seems like an error because obviously somebody thought it was a good cut or it wouldn't have been made in the first place. And at some level, a bad cut is a certain type of cut---maybe it is a straight cut or dissolve. She also seems to have muddled the distinction between a shot type and a cut, essentially classifying the shot type as the cut type. In this way, the book becomes theoretically and technically murky because she seems to have her own classification system for many of the cuts. I think this book is due for a revision and should be thought out more rigorously than she appears to have done it. The book does not really go into great depth at any level of editing, but mostly provides a simplified visual overview. Again, she is to be commended for putting this compendium together, but it is not without its shortcomings, some of which are major. Another little pet peeve I had about the book is that each chapter ends with what is called a "wrap up." And throughout the book, these are only one or two generic sentences that add little to the text as a whole. It just stood out as filler in my mind. And as an editor, she should know fluff when she sees it, so these sections should have been cut out and deleted altogether.
Gribandis
Easy to follow. If this is a topic of interest to you, it's worth having in your library.
Umsida
This is a great book and it helped me in school a lot thank you
Trash Obsession
If you are looking to learn basic editing methods and the terminology of movie editing with multiple visual examples for each technique, this book is for you. With a plethora of examples from classics as well as a variety of movies released in the last decade, the book gave me a starting point for watching movies more analytically.
Great text book and came in great condition
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