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Between the Scenes: What Every Film Director, Writer, and Editor Should Know About Scene Transitions Paperback – February 1, 2014
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"Between the Scenes is the 'missing link' of film directing books! Jeffrey takes us on a well researched journey to prove why scene transitions are the best kept secret of storytelling -- because they help us connect our stories emotionally with the audience. If you want to be a better filmmaker, this book is a MUST read!"
- Peter D. Marshall, director, film directing coach
"Whether writing, directing, or editing, you'll find this is a practical text devoted to helping you strengthen the impact of your film by eliciting the right emotional connection from your audience."
- Greg Marcks, director of 11:14 and Echelon Conspiracy
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To illuminate this full palette of transitional techniques, he breaks them down into easy-to-understand categories, using examples as diverse as Hitchcock, to that famous viral You Tube Hitler clip :-) to a full case study on Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," to even the differences between cutting for film versus TV - all of which help put these strategic approaches in entertaining context. He further encourages you to synthesize these tools immediately by analyzing the script or project you're currently working on to assess which tools might be best used, where, for the greatest dramatic effect - and why.
As a writer or a director, your project can only benefit from your anticipating the same considerations your Editor will eventually be confronted with: Have you put the story in context and adequately conveyed the underlying mood? Have you left sufficient white space to allow your audience to think and feel? (I loved the concept of the "echo line" - reverberating from one scene and lingering into the next). Have you varied the length, intensity and mood of your scenes to achieve the right overall rhythm? Should you withhold, behold, tease or please?Read more ›
Dave Watson, Editor, Movies Matter
"Between the Scenes" teaches you, the reader, about movies and how they are put together. Not the whole movie though. Just the scenes and segments. As a guy who has edited a few indie films I have certainly dealt with scene transitions using cuts, dissolves and fade to blacks but this book goes way deeper. Bays talks about using the actual scenes to create memorable transitions.
There are tricks I never really thought about such as creating passages of time by using the same location and dissolving to show the ravages of time. This was used quite a bit in "Titanic", for example, the scene where Jack and Rose are all lovey-dovey on the bow of the ship. The scene shows them happily playing in the wind and then dissolves to the same view of the bow of the ship as it sits now at the bottom of the ocean. That is a well planned and powerful transition. The pictures stand on their own but when combined create a strong emotion and show the passage of time. It is used again on a tight shot of young Rose's eye then dissolves to the identical tight shot on old Rose's eye. The same eye but the skin around it goes from silky smooth to wrinkled. We know it is the same person but many years have gone by. These two scenes are used as examples and explained in the book.
There are hundreds of ways to make the transitions just as much a part of the story telling as the actual script and the book shows you how to do it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author does a fine job of organizing and describing the importance and techniques of addressing TRANSITIONS in filmmaking. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Gary Berosik
Most screenwriting/filmmaking books are for aspirants or novices looking to get started. This book, refreshingly, is not; it's for more experienced writers, directors, or editors... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chad Gervich
After reading this text and noting the five-star reviews here, I felt compelled to add my professional voice. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by Dr. E
What It's About: Between the Scenes looks at the ways scene transitions impact a story through film. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Tom Farr