Film Editing

Theory and Practice

February 2012
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  • Publisher
    Mercury Learning and Information
  • Published
    15th February 2012
  • ISBN 9781936420100
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 7" x 9"
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February 2012
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  • Publisher
    Mercury Learning and Information
  • Published
    22nd February 2012
  • ISBN 9781937585792
  • Language English
  • Pages 300 pp.
  • Size 7" x 9"

Designed for the novice or for a course in film editing, the book is the perfect introductory text. Editing is the art of using the building blocks supplied by the writer and director to create a structurally sound and brilliant piece of cinematic dazzle. As the word is to the sentence, so the shot is to the scene, and the editor must “write” coherently. This book teaches the aspiring editor how to speak the inspiring language of images. For projects, it covers the latest version of Final Cut Express, contains structured exercises, and uses video clips on the companion DVD, to allow the reader to apply the lessons of the book in clear and entertaining ways. Solutions to exercises and PowerPoint slides are available to instructors.

Part I.
1) History of Film Editing
2) Different Editing Aesthetics
3) How Genre Affects Editing
4) Narrative (Fiction) vs. Documentary
5) Features vs. Shorts

Part II. Final Cut Express
6) A Brief History of NLE Systems; MAC vs. PC; FCP vs. FCE
7) Basic Interface of Final Cut Express
8) Understanding the Different Tools
9) Effects and Advanced Techniques; LiveType
10) Understanding Format; Outputting/Exporting
11) Why is Kuleshov's Legacy Important?
12) Sound Design
13) Genre 1 - Comedy
14) Genre 2 - Drama
15) Genre 3- Thriller/Horror Film

Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed holds an M.F.A. from the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. For the better part of the last 20 years he has worked as an educator and a filmmaker and has worked on numerous award-winning films as a director, cinematographer, and editor. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Film/Video/Theatre at Stevenson University (MD).