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About the Author

Chandler has been nominated twice for a Cable Emmy for comedy editing. Gael has edited every type of genre on every medium: film, tape, and digital; and has trained hundreds of professionals and students to put their best cut forward. She has written a handful of feature screenplays, one of which won the Scriptwriters Networks' Producers Outreach Program contest. Her first book was Cut by Cut: How to Edit Your Film or Video. Additionally, she has created numerous online courses on a variety of subjects, including editing.
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907629
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a sociable and reflective person who likes to roam and read and see where my writing, speaking, and teaching work take me. CONTACT me at info@joyoffilmediting.com or info@theSFstory.com. AUTHORS: If you're interested in having my company create an economical and engaging trailer for your book,contact me at Gael@PictureYourBook.com

2014: CHRONICLES OF OLD SAN FRANCISCO: EXPLORING THE HISTORIC CITY BY THE BAY personifies history with 28 chapters, each centered around one of the city's primary movers or shakers. The book also contains 8 self-guided walking tours linked to Google maps so you can discover the city by yourself. View the book's TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/107876231
For SIGHTSEEING INFO & more, visit MY WEBSITE: https://theSFstory.com

2012: CUT BY CUT: EDITING YOUR FILM OR VIDEO, Second Edition guides filmmakers through the editing process from start to finish and is used as a text book at universities and professional schools. View the book's TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/110060307 Learn more about it and my 2009 book on film editing and find free film resources including a film glossary, my film blog, and more at MY WEBSITE, http://joyoffilmediting.com

2009: My "pictionary" book, FILM EDITING: GREAT CUT FILMMAKERS AND MOVIE LOVERS MUST KNOW, uses 600 frames from recent films to illustrate the types of cuts editors make: smash cuts, flash cuts, jump cuts, etc., why they make them, and how these cuts affect the audience.








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It tempts me to watch a movie in slow-motion and see how many of these editing tricks I can spot.
Carl King
As such, this is definitely a book to take a look at if you want to learn more about the process of sculpting and honing film, which is editing.
Jeremy T. Hanke
When we watch a film we are usually carried along with the story and not very conscious of what goes into capturing our attention.
George Rowbottom

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carl King on December 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is not so much a textbook as it is a hip coffee table book -- imagine a landscape-bound picture book of hit movie scenes, or an artsy encyclopedia of film edits. If you're looking for something deeper and more academic, check out the author's previous book, Cut-By-Cut. This new, fun book isn't software / hardware specific (definitely not a manual on Final Cut), but instead gives a brief reason for using each technique, along with corresponding screenshots that anyone can understand. When should you use a Black Out? A Flash Frame? An Insert? What is Universal Time? Without getting too philosophical, this book addresses not the "how" but the more important "why" for each, and there are over 50 of these featured techniques inside. The overall focus of this book is using film editing to serve the story, rather than distracting from it. As it says, "If you find yourself bored, confused, or suddenly aware of the movie theater or your life and not the movie, a series of bad cuts has probably led you there." It tempts me to watch a movie in slow-motion and see how many of these editing tricks I can spot. Suggestions: flip through this book often for brainstorming, or keep it in the lobby to impress your clients. Great as a gift: it's so collectible and creative-looking that anyone working in the film business would love to have it on the shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Rowbottom on November 3, 2009
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When we watch a film we are usually carried along with the story and not very conscious of what goes into capturing our attention. We usually aren't aware of how the film was made, and when we are it's usually a sign that it wasn't made very well.

With a lot of pictures and not too many words this book gives film buffs a huge insight into how movies work, especially how hundreds of small pieces of film, usually just a few seconds long, are put together to keep the story going forward. Putting these pieces together is called editing and Chandler is good at explaining it. (probably because she has done a lot of it.).

Along with showing us what we are seeing on the screen she also supplies names for all the different types of `cuts'. Knowing the names will make you more aware of what you are seeing and make you sound smarter the next time you are talking about a movie.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Frost on December 22, 2009
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Gael Chandler's new book "Film Editing" published by Michael Weise Productions, provides a beautiful visual reference for anyone interested in learning the visual language of film time. The numerous stills selected provide excellent examples of screen direction, parallel actions, point of view shots, matching color and much more through the selected stills from contemporary motion pictures. This is a book that beginning film students as well as professionals can refer to as a reminder as to why the cut takes place and how to abbreviate moments in a film to make them more effective or to lengthen moments to intensify the suspense. Screen direction can be particularly confusing to new directors and editors and this book addresses these issues through the use of stills. This book is a must have for directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and anyone interested in the construction of a scene shot by shot. Should be in every filmmakers library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Banici on December 19, 2011
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This is by far one of the best movie-making books I've read, from the perspective of a novice attempting to learn the trade through books and courses. I've read repeatedly about filming an action from a distance, close-up on the hands, close up on the face, side shot, POV shot, but this book actually tells you why and when. Very good, highly recommended, full of illustrations and examples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G Cope on February 28, 2014
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I was a TV Minor in School. I am in my 40's and have seen a lot of movies in my lifetime. This book is written for a 1st year film student. I say written but its mostly just notes on different cuts. It was just an introduction to the theory of movie edits. I was really looking for more of a critique of edits and a list of do and don'ts. The majority of pics are in black and white and the resolution is very low (because it came from video) I gave it 3 stars because I did learn a couple of things, but for the most part unless you are young and new to moves I would not recommend for the purpose of trying to learn how to make raw footage into a well cut movie.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy T. Hanke on March 12, 2010
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Gael Chandler's Film Editing has a lot of really helpful information on editing, especially for new filmmakers and/or film lovers. While more experienced filmmakers might find much of what's in this book to be concepts they're already familiar with, nearly anyone who reads this book will find their awareness of the art of editing expanded. As such, this is definitely a book to take a look at if you want to learn more about the process of sculpting and honing film, which is editing.
-Jeremy Hanke, Editor-in-Chief, [...] , Issue 43, Final Score: 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kjetil Høiby on April 30, 2014
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If you are looking to learn basic editing methods and the terminology of movie editing with multiple visual examples for each technique, this book is for you. With a plethora of examples from classics as well as a variety of movies released in the last decade, the book gave me a starting point for watching movies more analytically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a romdomsky on December 25, 2012
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A bit too basic. Probably informative for the average film viewer and perhaps beginning film students but the book doesn't provide any in-depth analysis of editing technique.
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