History of Editing – A Start

October 13th, 2011

Editing Facts Graphic
To the left is a first pass at a one page, job aid on the history of editing. It comes by way of Gordon Burkell who runs the informative, solidly recommended Art of the Guillotine website.  Burkell desgined this “infographic” as he dubs it, with Nina from Nina’s EDL in Toronto, the home base of the website.

I think it’s a good start but to my Hollywood American mind, it’s missing more periods and movies. For instance, the Modern, MTV style of cutting which germinated in the years before 1981 and the birth of MTV, is barely touched on.

Also, where is the technology? From silver screen to television tube to computer screen and from scissors to Moviola to flatbed to video editing, to digital editing: Technological developments have played a huge role in the evolution of editing.

A good history of editing has yet to be written. Two sources I can think of off the top of my head for editing history are Wendy Apple’s excellent documentary The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Cinema Editing and Gerald Mast’s A Short History of the Movies, ninth edition.

But kudos to Gordon and Nina for getting the reel winding!

Editing practices, Editor’s role, History/research, Technical & process

  1. Danielle Nel
    December 8th, 2011 at 07:37 | #1

    Is there any way to see this graphic that you can actually read it? Its way too small even when magnified it pixelates?

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