The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice (Portuguese Edition) (Portuguese) 5th Edition

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"From D.W. Griffith 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"

About the Author

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5th edition (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: Portuguese
  • ISBN-10: 0240813979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240813974
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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It's worth knowing going into it what this is and isn't. It is not a practical, hands-on guide to editing technique. It is not the book to go to if you just want a quick primer on how to make cuts that work. It's not really a book for beginners, except perhaps in the context of the classroom. For that a better book would be something like Grammar of the Edit, Second Edition.

What it does is provide a detailed overview of the history and genres of cinema, that focuses on the evolution of editing styles, and how films are cut together in ways that achieve specific effects. Most overviews of cinema focus on the visuals and camera movement, on direction and cinematography, and only secondarily on editing and writing and sound and other critical elements of cinema. In this guide, the emphasis is on cutting as the place where films are finished and where their impact and significance is designed. It's a very useful guide - and would be helpful for anyone who is studying film, but almost essential for anyone who wants to get up to speed on the techniques that have been used in editing.

The book is very clearly written and is very thorough. If it reads a bit like a textbook, that's because it is. What I found most helpful about the approach is that Dancyger makes clear how the techniques of editing must answer to the needs of a scene or the aims of a film as a whole. It's a crucial perspective, and a very helpful and thorough guide to editing's history and practice, that would complement a more hands-on and practical guide.
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If you are as fascinated as I am with the art of film editing, you may enjoy this book. It is definitely written at a textbook level, but it is a readable textbook on the philosophy and theory behind the storytelling of editing. Note: I would not choose this book as your first introduction to film editing. I feel you would be best starting off with Walter Murch's classic work In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition, the gold standard for a book on film editing.

Editing has long fascinated me. The subtle, almost silent effect it has on the emotions of the audience is often not clearly understood. Film making is all about collaboration. What is that collaboration like once the film is in post-production? Certainly editing is not the most glamorous aspect of film making (when was the last time you saw an editor featured on ET!), and the process can often involve quite a bit of time in the post-production process. What choices, what decisions, go into this relationship between editor and filmmaker? How does a film editor select which path to take, what story to tell?

Ken Dancyger does a fantastic job of showing those of us passionate about films how to read a film. Yes, how to read a film. Using specific examples from films either known or easily obtained by us, he shows through example how the integrity of the film's story can be not only maintained, but strengthened. He also covers the editing process back through the silent film era.

Reading this material a little bit at a time served me well, and has certainly gone a long way to help me understand how film editors come to many of the complex decisions they must make as they work on a feature film.
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There are many books on film video editing and books that have covered the history of video editing but I'm going to tell you right now...

"The Technique of Film and Video Editing, Fifth Edition: History, Theory and Practice" by Ken Dancyger is the best book that I have come across and read thus far.

And each revision gets better and better!

Dancyger has done a great service in covering video editing from the silent period to the present and covers various genres and also editing in general. The book is well-researched, well-written and this is a book that I wished was used in school because covers not only American films but it also covers Nouvelle Vague, from the jump cuts of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless", Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" and "Jules et Jim" and there are images included in the book as well. Even Won Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love", Scorsese's "Raging Bull", Werner Herzog's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" is featured.

If you are a cineaste who is planning to get into the film industry and wants to learn about the history and theory of video editing, hands down, this is the book to buy!
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