This definitive book about film editing pulls back the curtain and shows us how the mysterious art of editing is actually done. Using examples from the best editors in the world, author O’Steen explains to us what the editor really does to make us believe in movie magic. By analyzing the “out” and “in” frames of the actual cuts from classic masterpieces — The Graduate, Chinatown, Rear Window, The French Connection, Twelve Angry Men, The Big Chill, Body Heat, A Hard Day’s Night, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — O’Steen reveals how an editor manipulates us by using sleight of hand and seduces us by anticipating our needs and desires. Only then can the editor create those invisible cuts that grab us by the seat of our pants and keep us there.
What people say
“The Invisible Cut gets inside the editor’s head more than anything I’ve ever read. O’Steen provides a fascinating window into the editorial process through the use of frame grabs and film analysis. This honest and unique book defines the language of film in the special way editors must understand. The Invisible Cut will be enlightening to filmmakers or anyone who loves the art of film.” Carol Littleton, Film Editor, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Beloved, Body Heat, and The Anniversary Party
“This book is a terrific demystification of a poorly understood art. Without burying the reader in ‘geek’ or ‘tech’ talk, Bobbie O’Steen, drawing on a distinguished editing heritage, introduces us to no-nonsense, easy-to-comprehend principles of the mysterious art of editing.”
John Badham, Director, Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and Professor, Film & Media, Chapman University
“With this meticulous book, Bobbie O’Steen has dissected the fine art of cinema’s surgeons and
created an invaluable guide for anyone seriously interested in the mysteries of film.”
Lawrence Kasdan, Writer/Director of Body Heat, The Big Chill and Grand Canyon
Bobbie O’Steen first wrote about editing in Cut to the Chase, a critically acclaimed book based on the work of her husband, the legendary Hollywood editor Sam O’Steen. She now takes us on a more visual and in-depth analysis of the art of editing. The Emmy-nominated film editor also infuses this book with her more than thirty years experience as a story editor and screenwriter.