Although great films begin with great scripts, crews, and actors, it’s good editing that takes a film the rest of the way.
COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED FOR THE DIGITAL ERA, this second edition of one of film editing’s best-selling books teaches readers how to organize and edit footage and see their project to completion. It’s both a comprehensive guidebook and a friendly, dependable companion for anyone taking the editor’s path or wishing to better understand it.
Learn how the skilled editor turns raw footage into polished art for film, television or web. With practical project guidelines and advice on organizing digital and film cutting rooms, How to Edit Your Film or Video de-mystifies action, montage, dialogue editing, SFX and explains sound/music editing and mixing.
With over 25 information-packed tables and forms, this guide includes an up-to-date glossary, an editor’s resource guide and a section on how to land that elusive editing job.
What people say
“Chandler demystifies editing technology and reveals the creative work flows and story-telling secrets of professional editors. I highly recommend the book for aspiring editors, assistants, and anyone who is interested in how motion pictures are made.”
— Mark Goldblatt, A.C.E., Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Armageddon
“An essential guide for aspiring and professional editors and should be required reading for anyone who really wants to direct. Chandler gives us a bird’s-eye view of what it takes to create our invisible art while proving that we are not invisible artists.”
— Briana London, A.C.E., Army Wives, Grey’s Anatomy, and A.C.E. Eddie winner
“What most impresses me about this invaluable text is the way the author embraces new technology and wrestles it down to the very basic concept of storytelling… This book demystifies the editing process while encouraging each editor to find his or her own unique and individual method.”
—Michael Ruscio, A.C.E., director and editor, True Blood, HBO
“Cut by Cut provides a comprehensive, logical look at what is ultimately a creative process. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about film or video editing; from the novice wanting to know the basics, to the professional needing to refresh their skills.”
—Jonathan Corn, Editor: Entourage and two time Emmy nominee for Curb Your Enthusiasm
“Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just getting started, Gael Chandler’s book will serve as a comprehensive guide through the post production process. This book is a must read for anyone facing the challenge of editing their own film or video project. Cut by Cut How to Edit your Film or Video is truly the A-Z of “how to” manuals on editing.”
—Jay Scherberth, Editor: Friends, Scrubs, Real World, Columbo
GAEL CHANDLER has edited comedies, dramas, documentaries, features, corporate videos, and promos, and cut on every type of medium. Nominated twice for a Cable A.C.E. award, she is a member of the Editors Peer Group of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and annually judges the Emmy and College TV awards. Her second book, Film Editing: Great Cuts Filmmakers and Movie Lovers Should Know, reveals the secrets of artful editing using 600 color frames from recent popular films.