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Introduction to Editing

Introduction to Editing

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Art of the Cut: Conversations with Film and TV Editors by Steve Hullfish

Art of the Cut provides a detailed look at the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing. Taking the form of a "virtual round table discussion" with over 50 top editors from around the globe, Hullfish compiles professional perspectives on topics like scene and project organisation; pacing and rhythm; and sound and music design.

The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje met master film and sound editor Walter Murch, and over two years the two enagaged in remarkable conversations about the making of films and books. This book is an expert analysis of Murch's consummate film editing skills and an acknowledgment of the monumental contribution editors make to motion pictures. It also walks the reader through key scenes from several films, providing a glimpse of the editing process and a particularly interesting examination of Murch's re-edit of Touch of Evil.

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

An in-depth instructive look at movie editing that spans 100 years of film history, from The Great Train Robbery to Cold Mountain. Through interviews with directors and editors, it covers everything from basic editing techniques to modern editing theory.

Edge Codes: Beyond the Cut (2004)

A lively journey through the history of motion picture editing featuring interviews with artistic visionaries and contemporary masters of editing. This documentary explores editing as a universal language which shapes perception of the world around us.

FilmCraft: Editing by Justin Chang

Seventeen exclusive interviews with some of the world's top film editors explore the art of editing, its complex processes, the editor's relationship with other film practitioners, and the impact of modern editing techniques.

First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors by Gabriella Oldham

First Cut offers an opportunity to learn what film editing really is direct from the source. Oldham's interviews with 23 award-winning film editors give a full picture of the complex craft of editing a film. Filled with animated anecdotes and detailed examples, and updated with a new preface, this book provides a comprehensive treatment of both documentary and feature film editing.

First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film Editors by Gabriella Oldham

Oldham presents a new collection of twelve interviews with award-winning film editors who discuss the art and craft of editing in the twenty-first century. Learn from professionals with a variety of approaches, with interview themes including cutting from the gut, speaking cinema and capturing the feeling.

Jill Bilock: Dancing the Invisible (2017)

An unprecedented feature documentary about one of the world's leading film artists, Australian editor Jill Bilcock. Combining interviews with luminary directors and other collaborators, with rare and previously unseen footage of Bilcock's process in the editing suite, this film provides captivating insight into the artistry of film editing.

Lessons in Visual Language

This video series runs through essentials of visual language. Topics include framing, perspective, editing and rhythm. Published between 1979 and 1989 for students of the Australian Film and Television School, the principles covered remain vital knowledge for visual storytellers.

Selected Takes: Film Editors on Editing by Vincent LoBrutto

Peppered with helpful comments on editing techniques, this book compiles interviews with 21 prominent feature film editors exploring the role of film editors and the nature of their craft. Organised to provide historical continuity and trace professional collaborations between subjects, each chapter includes background information, a filmography, and personal recollections of specific films, producers and directors.

Websites

Walter Murch: On Editing

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