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The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240807652
ISBN-10: 0240807650
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Editorial Reviews


"From D.W. Griffin to MTV, from silent movies to action films, Dancyger explores not only history, techniques, and the social aspects of film and video, but he also looks at how technology has affected film and video making and editing. This isn't a quick read but definitely worthwhile if you want to gain an understanding of what it takes to be an excellent director and editor.” -Theano Nikitas, Camcorder & ComputerVideo

Praise for previous editions:

"Ken's additions to his book show all of us who love and study the craft of editing, a real understanding of the importance and stimulating impact editing has in helping tell a story, create mood, and shape characters."
--Sam Pollard, film editor, Girl 6, Clockers, Mo Better Blues

"Dancyger's book is an excellent introduction to the art of manipulating moving pictures and sound for students, amateurs, hobbiests and professionals alike." - Videomaker

"...a thoroughly "reader friendly" introduction and survey of proven editing techniques and how those techniques influence the editing process..." - The Bookwatch, Sept. 2006"

Book Description

Previous edition has sold over 7000 in two years!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4th edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240807650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240807652
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Florian T. Boyce on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Technique of Film and Video doesn't really know what it wants to be.

It over emphasis on editing history and early theory would simply overwhelm first time editing students and outright bore those familiar with the craft.

As a film student, I know the importance of film editing, but this entry fails to generate any interest for the technique and the practical implications for film editing.

It's been said not to judge a book by its cover, and this one is no different. A screen capture of "Brokeback Mountain" does nothing to offset the heavy emphasis on film pre-1960.

Just my two cents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Riddell on June 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book provides an excellent overview of the history of editing - from its origins to where we are now. It also includes a substantial cross-section of specific genres: action, comedy, documentary, etc. It's true, as other reviews have pointed out, that the examples tend to be biased toward older films. I didn't have a problem with this for the most part. Many of these films are excellent and it makes for the perfect excuse for a rainy Sunday Netflix fest.

Dancyger's book is also strong on the theory of editing. I didn't agree with all his propositions, but they certainly got me thinking about my own editing projects and the editing technique of films I admire. Where the book falls a bit short is the practical side. I wasn't expecting a manual, but the book could use a few more real life examples and practical techniques - especially in the documentary chapters.

One last thing: this isn't a book to be read on its own. I gained the most from Dancyger's examples when I watched the films he refers to. If you don't borrow, buy or rent the movies and watch the referenced films you'll miss out on a major component.

M. Sean Kaminsky, Author, Naked Lens: Video Blogging & Video Journaling to Reclaim the YOU in YouTube
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By Luna R. Exfortito on April 17, 2011
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I bought this book for a class and I find it to be a great resource. It doesn't teach you how to edit but goes into what successful editing is. It goes into the topics of filmaking including how sound and visuals add to and often create a movie's overall experience. It's a bit of a dry read but I find it very useful that he gives examples from movies. I only wish this book came with a CD of these scenes instead of still shots.
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By Mikey on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I think this book is an example of great initiative, but poor performance.

For someone that agrees that too much dialogue can kill a film, his book sure is unnecessarily long-winded.

Not a complete waste of time, but was it hypocrisy or "teaching by bad example" that is portrayed through this book?
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