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Film Editing: Great Cuts

Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know

What’s the book about?

If you’ve ever wanted to understand how movies are put together, Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know provides an easy, fun way to learn. With 600 captivating frames from recent movies, it helps you see through movies to their building blocks – the cuts – that make up their scenes and sequences. In less than 200 pages, the book holds up a looking glass to every type of cut: smash cut, flash cut, match cut, jump cut, subliminal cut and many more. You’ll see all of them here and will readily be able to recognize them next time you watch a flick, TV show, or YouTube video.

With dynamic, eye catching frames from recent movies such as Slumdog Millionaire, Into the Wild, Knocked Up, Cars, and Babel, the book explains how cuts shape the movie’s story and affect its audience. It truly demonstrates the joy of editing on every page by showing how an editor is both a magician and a story teller with the cuts s/he makes.

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Who’s the book for?

This engaging, pleasure-filled pictionary-of-a-book is for everyone wants to understand cuts and why editors make them:

  • Editors: At last a book that shows and appreciates what you do – with appealing frames from contemporary movies. Give it to friends and family who don’t quite get editing and relax with it yourself.
  • Film students: Learn all the types of cuts editors make and become inspired to work them into your projects.
  • Film professors and teachers: Use the text’s illustrative frames and commonsense categories of cuts as a versatile, customizable teaching tool.
  • Directors, producers, and other professional filmmakers: See what cuts are created in the editing room and how they affect the audience.
  • Movie makers who edit on iMovie and similar systems: Do try these cuts at home! Have fun with them and see what they do for your projects.
  • Movie goers: Deepen your film going pleasure and expand your knowledge; you’ll enjoy movies more than ever.


Book’s Topics in a Nutshell

Cuts

The book begins by showing the basic types of cuts that editors make such as reverse cuts, reactions, and cutaways. It moves on to show a myriad of match cuts, then exposes a bunch of mismatched cuts including one from an Academy Award winning film. Following this, the book has fun revealing basic and complex effects – wipes, dissolves, greenscreen, mattes, etc. – before attacking cutting conventions like montage, parallel action, and cross cutting. The book also spends time looking at cuts that well, affect time: These cuts compress or expand time and influence the movie’s rhythm and pacing.

Editing, Editors, and the Movie

The book addresses the question: Why does an editor make a cut? It also discusses the editor’s role and explains cutting for continuity, and seamless, invisible editing. Importantly, the book describes how each type of cut drives the movie’s story and impacts the audience. For instance, does the cut make the audience laugh, cry, tense up, or sigh in relief?

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