Grammar of the Edit

Grammar of the Edit

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Tell more effective visual stories by learning the "grammar" of cinematic language with this elegant, accessible reference. Discover what you absolutely need to know to cut your own film or video, shot by shot. Whether you're a whiz with Avid or just discovered iMovie, the third edition of Grammar of the Edit gives you the answers to those all-important questions: WHEN to cut and WHY. Designed as an easy-to-use guide, the book presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating the key concepts, and is a staple of any serious editor's or filmmaker's library. The companion website,, offers further instruction with video examples of different editing choices, types of shot transitions, photographs to further illustrate concepts, and exercises to practice your editing craft. New to this edition: * Expanded discussions of the building blocks of editing * Fresh illustrations and visual examples * Updated appendices with helpful resources * Exercises and projects to help you practice your skills * End-of-chapter quizzes to test your grasp of key concepts A simple and clear overview of the principles of editing, Grammar of the Edit, Third Edition will help you to think and "feel" like an editor. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Shot, these books are exactly what the beginning filmmaker needs to start producing professional quality material today!

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 399.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Focal Press
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 199 black & white halftones, 104 black & white line drawings
  • 0240526007
  • 9780240526003
  • 329,717

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A review on of the first edition: "This book describes in no uncertain terms what ABSOLUTELY MUST BE IN EACH AND EVERY SHOT-so that the successful filmmaker can build a story that flows smoothly. This book will help you to be artistic, but will also help you to avoid confusing your audience. A small book that is easily read in the space of an hour, the student or novice film-maker will find himself using it as a quick reference many times over. Highly recommended."

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About Christopher J. Bowen

Christopher J. Bowen has worked within the motion media industries for over 15 years as a cinematographer, editor, director, and educator. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of film production and visual media writing at Framingham State University. Professor Bowen is also an Avid Certified Instructor, Creative Director at his own media production company, Fellsway Creatives, and author of the companion text, Grammar of the Shot, Third Edition. Roy Thompson (deceased) was a freelance director and frequently worked as a trainer for the Television Training Centre of Deutsche Welle, Berlin. He worked extensively in Europe, Africa, and Middle and Far Eastern countries. He was author of Grammar of the Shot, First Edition also published by Focal Press.

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