Inside Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video 2nd Edition
From the Foreword to Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video 2nd Edition
Filmmaking is a complicated, collaborative art form. We tend to think that the director is always at the helm. He or she is, ultimately. But the film editor has a definite seat of power. One thing I’ve learned from writing, directing, and editing my own films over the last 20 years, is that it’s really NOT a good idea to edit your own films! It’s a wonderful feeling to put the material you’ve nurtured by writing and shooting it, into the hands of the puzzle-master – the editor. The editor – who wasn’t there on the set to witness how long it took to set up the shot – can see your footage for what it is and simply consider, “Does the shot move the story forward in the best way possible?” The editor takes pieces the story together, often coming up something completely unique and different from the words of the script and surprising the director who wonders, “Did I really shoot that?”
This second edition of Gael Chandler’s book shares the years of her wisdom in the cutting room, interfacing with all types of personalities and deadlines. With up-to-date info on editing digital media, web content, reality shows, and 3D, she propels her wisdom into the ever-updating future. The book is a tried and true compass that can help the student filmmaker as well as a seasoned professional navigate the ever-changing waters of the editing world. It stands on its own and its how-to and why will always outlast any new editing work systems that will inevitably come out tomorrow.
I have known Gael as a friend and colleague for over 30 years – from 35mm film to digital images – and her passion for editing has never waned. A good writer – like a good teacher – doesn’t just impart knowledge and experience but offers a way for readers to think of solutions for themselves. This is Gael’s gift to editors, students, indie filmmakers, and professionals. Her guidebook will put you at the helm of the editing process from production to final delivery. While editing tools and media change – and this book thoroughly covers them – the way we think about telling a story with images doesn’t. Use it to help tell your story the best way possible.
Foreword written by Victoria Rose Sampson, Supervising sound editor or editor on Ordinary People, The Rose, Return of the Jedi, Sex and the City 1 and 2, and Scream 4 and many more.
Writer and director of award winning short films Click Three Times and Harley Davidson ad Grand Prize winner for Her Need for Speed.
Photos and Illustrations
(Illustrations by Jayne Weber. Photos by Sherry Green.)
Here is a sampling of the many photos, diagrams, and illustrations you’ll find in Cut by Cut 2 that demonstrate editing practices, principles, and equipment.
Making the cut on a digital system
Marked cutpoints on a timeline
The floating balloon illustrates how to match screen direction when editing.
Recognizing shots is critical for logging dailies.
Components of a digital editing system.
Table of Contents
|List of Tables|
|2nd Edition Foreword|
|1st Edition Foreword|
|Preface: The Practical Alchemy of Editing|
|Introduction: Stepping Aboard and Navigating the Book|
|STAGE I||SETTING UP AND ORGANIZING YOUR PROJECT|
|Part One||Starting your Project|
|Chapter 1||Decisions, Decisions: Getting Started on the Right Path through Postproduction|
|Appendix A||Project Checklist|
|Chapter 2||Video, Digital, and Film Basics: Terms, Concepts, and Practices|
|Part Two||Organizing for Editing|
|Chapter 3||Setting up the Cutting Room: Workflows, Labeling Shots, and Other Common Cutting Room Tasks|
|Appendix B||DIY Postproduction Schedule|
|Chapter 4||Preparing Dailies|
|Appendix C||Stage One: Budget Form for Dailies|
|Part One||How to Approach the Footage|
|Chapter 5||To Cut or not to Cut: Where to Cut and Why|
|Chapter 6||Everyday Editing Challenges|
|Chapter 7||From Animation to Reality: Editing Different Genres|
|Part Two||Getting from First Cut to Final Cut|
|Chapter 8||Making the Cuts: Editing on a Digital System|
|Chapter 9||The Process: Getting from First Cut to Locked Cut|
|Appendix D||Tape and Tapeless Show Continuity Form|
|Appendix E||Film Show Continuity Form|
|Appendix F||Stage Two: Budget Form for Editing|
|STAGE III||COMPLETING YOUR PROJECT|
|Part One||Sound, Music, and the Mix|
|Chapter 10||Designing Sound and Music|
|Chapter 11||Editing and Mixing Sound and Music|
|Appendix G||ADR Cue Sheet|
|Appendix H||Stage Three: Budget Form for Sound, Music, and the Mix|
|Part Two||Finishing and Delivering|
|Chapter 12||Finishing on Tape, File or the Web|
|Chapter 13||Finishing on Film and via Digital Intermediary|
|Appendix I||Stage Three: Budget Form for Finishing|
|How to Find an Editing Job|