FilmCraft: Editing

FilmCraft: Editing

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Part of Ilex's groundbreaking series on moviemaking, each of which offers in-depth interviews with a host of the most distinguished practitioners of their field, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the hidden art that is editing. 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 over and over again. Seventeen exclusive interviews with some of the world's top film editors, including Walter Murch, Virginia Katz, Joel Cox, Tim Squyres and Richard Marks, explore the art of film editing; its complex processes, the relationship with other film practitioners, and the impact of modern editing techniques. This book: features a great collection of photos and anecdotes from the heroes of the global industry Jeffrey P. Nesker (Director/Editor); features sumptuous film stills illustrating the editors thought processes and decision-making; is presented with legacies of the greatest 20th-century film editors including Peter Zinner, Dede Allen and Sally Menke.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 234 x 254 x 14mm | 798.32g
  • Ilex
  • Lewes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300 colour illustrations
  • 1907579567
  • 9781907579561
  • 341,598

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""Again, while Film Craft: Editing is not a textbook, it gives so many hints and tips on how many of the top editors of the industry think and work, one can glean remarkable insights from their experiences. What comes out from the interviews are candid stories of experiences from different film projects. Most of all the sheer enthusiasm and love of film and their art of editing bursts from the page."--Impulsegamer"

"FilmCraft is a new series from Focal Press that deconstructs the art of cinema by studying it from the inside. Each volume in the collection focuses on a different aspect of film production by gathering interviews with master craftsmen, who are able to relay a lifetime of experience in a series of intimate and informal conversations. The first two installments, " Editing" (Justin Chang) and "Cinematography" (Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson), set a high bar for future volumes and are easily recommended sources of information and understanding "Editing" and "Cinematography" are both highly recommended reading for anyone who enjoys movies and has an interest in learning more about the process. There is nothing here that feels like a textbook, but the insight provided within can be held up against any film school lecture and benefits from offering the views of more than a dozen teachers. Take my advice and pick up these books immediately."--HorrorTalk.com

"Based on the interviews in Justin Chang s book, I believe editors deserve more than their well deserved industry accolades. They deserve a space in the public consciousness. Sure, actors are the draw for most audiences. There has always been a matinee idol, be it Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood or Errol Flynn, to help fill theater seats. And there are the rock-star directors: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino Many of whom get their name above the title. But after reading Editing, you realize that the editor is the second head on the director s body; equally responsible for the story, "FilmCraft is a new series from Focal Press that deconstructs the art of cinema by studying it from the inside. Each volume in the collection focuses on a different aspect of film production by gathering interviews with master craftsmen, who are able to relay a lifetime of experience in a series of intimate and informal conversations. The first two installments, " Editing" (Justin Chang) and "Cinematography" (Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson), set a high bar for future volumes and are easily recommended sources of information and understanding "Editing" and "Cinematography" are both highly recommended reading for anyone who enjoys movies and has an interest in learning more about the process. There is nothing here that feels like a textbook, but the insight provided within can be held up against any film school lecture and benefits from offering the views of more than a dozen teachers. Take my advice and pick up these books immediately."--HorrorTalk.com

"Based on the interviews in Justin Chang s book, I believe editors deserve more than their well deserved industry accolades. They deserve a space in the public consciousness. Sure, actors are the draw for most audiences. There has always been a matinee idol, be it Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood or Errol Flynn, to help fill theater seats. And there are the rock-star directors: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino Many of whom get their name above the title. But after reading Editing, you realize that the editor is the second head on the director s body; equally responsible for the story, performances and impact of a film."--review on 957kjr.com

"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, t "Based on the interviews in Justin Chang s book, I believe editors deserve more than their well deserved industry accolades. They deserve a space in the public consciousness. Sure, actors are the draw for most audiences. There has always been a matinee idol, be it Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood or Errol Flynn, to help fill theater seats. And there are the rock-star directors: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino Many of whom get their name above the title. But after reading Editing, you realize that the editor is the second head on the director s body; equally responsible for the story, performances and impact of a film."--review on 957kjr.com

"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 le "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 "In his introduction to Editing, author Justin Chang admits film editing is a "uniquely difficult discipline to understand, let alone discuss." Chang interviews 17 of the world s leading editors in his efforts to better understand the difficult discipline. The result is an absorbing journey through the creative decisions and individual stylistic approaches of various film editors working today in both film and digital media. Each tell their own story from their unique perspective."--Peteduel Wordpress.com

"It's not every day that you get to read interviews with some of the best film editors in movieland. Until now! FilmCraft: Editing takes us into the minds of film editors who have worked on films such as The Hurt Locker, SpiderMan, There Will Be Blood and many more. We get to see how they worked with the director to bring us the films that captivate us. What made them decide to use a certain shot while going through the hours of film that was shot and why did others end up on the cutting room floor. A great book for film editors and film buffs!"--OnScreenAndBeyond.com

"As a one-time photography student who s inner shutterbug has recently reawakened after decades of dormancy, I ve amassed a large collection of books on the subject as a general refresher course on the basics (which are all pretty much new to me, now, seeing as how the last SLR camera I owned used actual film). Of these many books, it seems that all of my personal favorites come from a company called Focal Press, as not only are their books geared more toward the serious enthusiast, but they re also real easy on the eyes, with loads of gorgeous and inspiring photos, and a hip design that makes them a joy to read (and re-read)."--HorrorView.com

"Ever wanted advice from today's most respected film insiders? Look no further than the FilmCraft Series, the latest books in filmmaking featuring a visually stunning look at each topic through the eyes of respected professionals in each field. The f
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