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The Technique of Film & Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analyses of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an The Technique of Film & Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analyses of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against a background of theory, history, and practice. This new edition has been updated to include the latest advances in digital video and nonlinear editing and explores the new trend of documentary as mainstream entertainment, using films such as "Farenheit 9/11" and "The Fog of War" as examples.


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The Technique of Film & Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analyses of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an The Technique of Film & Video Editing provides a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analyses of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against a background of theory, history, and practice. This new edition has been updated to include the latest advances in digital video and nonlinear editing and explores the new trend of documentary as mainstream entertainment, using films such as "Farenheit 9/11" and "The Fog of War" as examples.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 then adds "Here the director didn't use editing techniques for emotional impact" WHY DID YOU TALK THIS LONG ABOUT THIS FILM THEN? Also, no screenshots of the shots that he describes! WHAT IS THE POINT? Off to buy the Karel Reisz book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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 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 include the time where you could find the scenes discussed. Honestly, I don't believe he really expects you to turn to the film. As a result, the book is primarily dedicated to describing what you cannot see, rather than analyzing what it could have partly shown you (as in more "traditional" or intelligent books). Now, here comes the second issue: the descriptions remain frustratingly general for a book claiming not just to focus on "editing" but on the "technique" of editing. A lot of the text is dedicated to general information about the films quoted and their directors or a paraphrase of the scenes discussed, which would have been OK had you gotten a lot of new and powerful insights about them, except that (in general) you don't . The pages dedicated to editing in a good general book (e.g. How Movies Work), while of course shorter, will certainly make for a more exciting read. Here, you may learn some stuff if you manage to read the whole book despite its flaws, but chances are you will be wishing, like me, that the whole text had benefited from serious editorial work (no joke intended), both at high level and at the level of the writing itself, which tends to be vague and weak.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Schober

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pranav

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  6. 4 out of 5

    J

    Section 2 onward was the most helpful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zack

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  14. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Chambers

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Luciana Nasser

  21. 4 out of 5

    K T

    Since I have to return this to library, listing it here so I don't forget to finish later.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jw

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashish Verma

  24. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Sejan Yun

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