FilmCraft: Editing

FilmCraft: Editing


By (author) Justin Chang

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  • Publisher: Ilex
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 254mm x 14mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 16 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Lewes
  • ISBN 10: 1907579567
  • ISBN 13: 9781907579561
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 164,537

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The value of the editor s craft to a finished film cannot be underestimated, and it s no surprise that directors rely heavily on the same editor again and again. This book employs stills and screenshots to show how an editor created a scene with the filmmaker and explores the complex relationship between a director who has just shot a movie and the editor who must complete the director s vision. Includes perspectives from Dylan Tichenor who has worked on "Boogie Nights," "Brokeback Mountain," "There Will Be Blood "and many others and Pietro Scalia, the great editor whose partners include Bertolucci, Van San, and Ridley Scott. Each book in the FilmCraft Series focuses on a specific aspect of the filmmaking process, presenting a visually strunning look at the subject through the eyes of notable professionals in each field. Each book offers deep insight into the working practices of the world s most distinguished professionals, covering their inspiration, collaboration, and work on set. Each professional has been interviewed exclusively, and goes into detail on specific scenes in their films to give concrete examples of their craft. The result is to provide readers with a fascinating inside look at the filmmaking art, and a wealth of knowledge that they can apply to their own work. Discussions with the world s most notable filmmakers, giving insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influencesSidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own workInterview-based format with perspectives from the greats appeals to non-practitioner film lovers

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"I m a firm believer in the philosophy that says the more you know about something, the more fun it is. And, since I m (obviously) a die-hard film fan, I m always trying to add to my knowledge of movies - and yours too, if I can help it. In that vein, I d like to recommend an excellent new pair of books that examine the process of crafting films - in fact, the book series is called Filmcraft, and the first two volumes are Cinematography by Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson, and Editing by Justin Chang. (Focal Press, $29.95 each) Those are two apt choices, because though the concepts are simple - essentially, cinematography is how you shoot a film and editing is how you puts those shots together - the actual processes are quite complicated. Thankfully, the Filmcraft books explain them in an entertaining way, using interviews with masters of each discipline and lots of concrete examples from films you ve probably seen to illustrate their points. You can read them straight through or just pick a page with a movie you like and learn how it was made. If you re like me, you ll wind up reading the whole book this way and probably - add a few movies to your to watch list in the process. Big and colorful, each book is laid out like a magazine, with plenty of art, sidebars and bits of extra information. For example, I learned that Michael Kahn, who edited Schindler s List, got his first job working on Hogan s Heroes. See? I told you knowledge can be fun!"--Rockford Register and the Record Herald "Among the notable names discussing their craft: Walter Murch, Dylan Tichenor, Stephen Mirrione, and Joel Cox. There are Legacy chapters for people such as Quentin Tarantino's trusted editor, the late Sally Menke. The subjects explain how the tone of a scene can be dramatically impacted based on the way it is cut, and discuss the pros and cons of editing digitally vs. on film. In the sidebars, you'll get fascinating stories behind some of your favorite movies. Tichenor reveals how