- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press (November 4, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240517385
- ISBN-13: 978-0240517384
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Film Editing: An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction
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"Editing is the creative force of filmic reality." So Dmytryk, director of the American classic "The Caine Mutiny" begins this little book, which he hopes will aid film directors and editors in perfecting their art. It is informative for general audiences as well, demonstrating how deeply the experience of any film relies on the creativity and versatility of its editor.
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In On Film Editing, Dmytryk contends that many technicians and professionals on the film crew-- from the cameraman and his assistants to the producer and director-- must understand film editing to produce a truly polished work. In this book he explains in layman's terms the principles of film editing, using examples and anecdotes from almost five decades in the film industry.
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This book is a classic. Recommended for anyone interested in principles of movie editing.
This is an excellent book that definitely gets you in the mindset of a professional editor, as well as the types of cuts to make for a more professional result.
The book more focuses on the principles of editing, rather than focusing on the details of how to handle specific situations (although many examples are given to illustrate the principles). I think focusing on principles is a better idea, because every edit scenario is unique yet the principles can be applied universally.
The book has been written from a "film" perspective, however any video editor can easily see that the information is easily applicable to video editing, as video editing is still done in terms of frames (actually I feel sorry for the people who cut film, what a pain that must have been!).
The book also talks about the role of the editor versus the director and the types of working relationships. This is very important because I've seen experienced a producer just saw me as an equipment operator telling me every cut and frame to use, versus others who give me total control and only call out edits they don't like.
I would agree with the premise that good directors ideally should have a knowledge of the edit process. When I'm asked to video a local event, I definitely think about the story line, shots, coverage and safety I'm going to need to give me the most flexibility during editing.
I would highly recommend this book. I haven't experienced anything better than this for editors. I would view this as a classic text and a must read.