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Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson
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Tell more effective visual stories by learning the "grammar" of cinematic language with this elegant, accessible reference. Discover what you absolutely need to know to cut your own film or video, shot by shot. Whether you're a whiz with Avid or just discovered iMovie, the third edition of Grammar of the Edit gives you the answers to those all-important questions: WHEN to cut and WHY. Designed as an easy-to-use guide, the book presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating the key concepts, and is a staple of any serious editor's or filmmaker’s library.
The companion website, www.focalpress.com/cw/bowen, offers further instruction with video examples of different editing choices, types of shot transitions, photographs to further illustrate concepts, and exercises to practice your editing craft.
New to this edition:
• Expanded discussions of the building blocks of editing
• Fresh illustrations and visual examples
• Updated appendices with helpful resources
• Exercises and projects to help you practice your skills
• End-of-chapter quizzes to test your grasp of key concepts
A simple and clear overview of the principles of editing, Grammar of the Edit, Third Edition will help you to think and "feel" like an editor. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Shot, these books are exactly what the beginning filmmaker needs to start producing professional quality material today!
Chapter 1 Editing Basics
A Little Editing History
What Factors May Impact Your Editing Choices?
The Basic Editing Transitions
Stages of the Editing Process
Chapter 2 Understanding the Footage
Basic Shot Types
Increasing Shot Complexity
Reviewing the Footage-Selecting the Best Shots
What Could Make or Break a Shot?
Exposure and Color Temperature
Framing and Composition
180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action
30 Degree Rule
Continuity of Action
Continuity of Dialogue
Be Familiar with All the Footage
So How Does All of This Help You?
Chapter 3 When to Cut and Why?
What Factors Help Make a Transition a Good Edit?
Is there a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?
Chapter 4 Transitions and Edit Categories
The Five Major Categories of Edit Types
Will I Be Quizzed on Any of This?
Chapter 5 General Practices for Editors
Sound and Vision are Partners and Not Rivals
A New Shot Should Contain New Information
There Should Be a Reason for Every Edit
Observe the Action Line
Select the Appropriate Form of Edit
The Better the Edit, the Less It Is Noticed
Editing is Creating
Chapter 6 Working Practices
Chapter 7 The Final Cut: Additional Editing Topics You are Bound to Encounter
Additional Editing Terms
Making Your Way into the World of Editing
The Role of an Assistant Editor
Christopher J. Bowen has worked within the motion media industries for over 15 years as a cinematographer, editor, director, and educator. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of film production and visual media writing at Framingham State University. Professor Bowen is also an Avid Certified Instructor, Creative Director at his own media production company, Fellsway Creatives, and author of the companion text, Grammar of the Shot, Third Edition.
Roy Thompson (deceased) was a freelance director and frequently worked as a trainer for the Television Training Centre of Deutsche Welle, Berlin. He worked extensively in Europe, Africa, and Middle and Far Eastern countries. He was author of Grammar of the Shot, First Edition also published by Focal Press.
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