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    Description"First Cut" banishes forever the idea that a film editor simply "cuts out the bad stuff". Garbriella Oldham offers a series of interviews with 23 award-winning film editors who provide a full picture of the complex art and craft of editing a film. Filled with animated anecdotes and detailed examples, this book covers both documentary and fiction film editing. To edit is not merely to cut. Behind every cut are numerous considerations - rhythm, musicality, intuition, emotion, psychology, art, point of view, dialogue - that must be taken into account to give a film the seamless finish we see in the theatre. These interviews explore the way in which each editor approaches his or her craft; particular sequences are described, as are the issues that lead to editorial decisions.

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    First Cut
    Conversations with Film Editors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabriella Oldham
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 417
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 914 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520075863
    ISBN 10: 0520075862

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: APF, AJR
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 221
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: C07400000
    BISAC V2.8: PER004010
    DC21: 778.535
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 778.5/35
    LC classification: TR899.O43, TR899 .O43 1992
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: ATF, AJTF
    Illustrations note
    24 b&w photographs
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 August 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Gabriella Oldham is a freelance writer. Her books include "First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors" (UC Press), and "Keaton's Silent Shorts."
    Review quote
    "This superb collection of interviews illuminates the art of film editing with a level of detail and insight that few previous books have possessed. . . . Through descriptions of the cutting of key sequences in films directed by Coppola, De Palma, Forman, Pollack, Lumet, and others, Oldham's interviewees reveal not just the mechanics of cutting shots together but also how an editor is guided intuitively by the 'inner rhythm' of a sequence. . . . This book is indispensable for all those who wish to deepen their understanding of the editor's contribution to film structure."--Stephen Prince, "Film Quarterly