Composing shots with your camera is one thing. Making your video rock through editing is another. This one-of-a-kind book is your “must have” cheat sheet for making the cuts that editors use to create memorable movies. Fantastic for filmmakers, students, moviegoers, or anyone who wants to discover how cuts affect the viewer and the movie’s story. YouTube filmmakers: This book will juice up your creations!
Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know makes the invisible art of editing visible by using 600 colorful frames from popular, recent films. The frames, accompanied by brisk descriptions, are perfect for readers who like to “gaze” as well as those who prefer to “graze.” Written by an editor and the author of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video, this picture dictionary of cuts shows you how filmed frames are edited together to craft movies that zing audiences with their pacing,character connections, and enduring stories.
What people say
“This is an eye-grabbing, succulent book that helps you understand visually, rather than in words, how those incredibly short pieces of film shot on the set or location come together to create a movie — a kinetic visceral sensation that can leave you breathless, moved, or profoundly transported. D.W. Griffith, the father of American filmmaking, famously wrote, ‘Above all, I am trying to make you see.’ Gael Chandler does exactly that.”
— Howard Suber, founding chair, UCLA Film & Television Producers Program; author, The Power of Film
“A comprehensive and easy-to-read description of the techniques editors use to seamlessly tell stories. The use of film frames clearly illustrates the editing concepts. A ‘must read’ for any film student or anyone just interested in the art of editing.”
— Nancy Morrison, A.C.E., editor, Desperate Housewives, Starter Wife, Malcolm in the Middle
“With lucid descriptions and clear illustrations, Gael Chandler lays out the nuts and bolts of the editor’s craft. An excellent primer on the grammar of contemporary filmmaking.”
— Tim Squyres, A.C.E., editor, Lust, Caution; Syriana; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Sense and Sensibility
“I can wholeheartedly recommend Gael Chandler’s Film Editing for anyone who is curious about how movies are made. It shows clear, photographic examples of all kinds of edits from the most basic to the complex. As an educator, I look forward to recommending it to my students, be they aspiring editors, directors, writers, or producers.”
— Tina Hirsch, A.C.E., Emmy and Eddie award-winning editor, Gremlins, The West Wing
Gael Chandler has walked the halls of Hollywood, both those dark and cluttered with film reels and those bright and glittering with Emmys, Clios, and Oscars. She is dedicated to passing on her knowledge to all who seek to enter the cutting room or understand editing. You can contact her via her website: www.joyoffilmediting.com