Grammar of the Edit

ISBN-10: 0240526007

ISBN-13: 9780240526003

Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)

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Description: Learn the basic "grammar" of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! This book shows you in no uncertain terms (independently of software) what you absolutely need to know to edit your video production. Whether you are just learning how to edit or you need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common practices of editing to help create a coherent and meaningful story or visual presentation. This book concentrates on where and how an edit is made and teaches you how to answer the simple question: 'What do I need to do in order to make a good edit between two shots?' Grammar of the Edit begins with an explanation of the basic rules of visual construction that will allow you to arrange your footage logically. The book takes you from the basic vocabulary of editing, to knowing when to cut (and why), to transitions, and finally to good working practices. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Edit is a staple of any filmmaker's library. Don't miss the companion volume, Grammar of the Shot 2e, 9780240521213! A simple and clear overview of the principles of editing...timeless information that will improve your workCompanion website offers video examples of various types of cuts to bring the book's lessons to lifeTogether with its companion volume Grammar of the Shot, these little books are all the beginning filmmaker needs

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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Editing Basics
A Very Brief History of Film Editing
What Factors may Affect Your Editing Choices?
The Tools
Project Type and Genre
Degree of Audience Manipulation
The Basic Edit Transitions
Stages of the Editing Process
Chapter One - Review
Chapter One - Exercises & Projects
Chapter One - Quiz Yourself
Understanding the Visual Material
Basic Shot Types
Shot Descriptions
Shot Categories - Increasing Complexity of Images
Simple Shots
Complex Shots
Developing Shots
Selecting the Best Shots
What Could Make or Break a Shot? Criteria for Assessment
Audio Quality
Exposure and Color Temperature
Framing and Composition
Screen Direction
180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action
30 Degree Rule
Matching Angles
Matching Eye-line
Continuity of Action
Continuity of Dialogue
Be Familiar with All of the Footage
So How Does All of This Help You?
Chapter Two - Review
Chapter Two - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Two - Quiz Yourself
When to Cut and Why
What Factors Lead to Making an Edit?
Shot Composition
Camera Angle
Is There a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?
Chapter Three-Review
Chapter Three - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Three - Quiz Yourself
Transitions and Edit Categories
The Cut
The Dissolve
The Wipe
The Fade
The Five Major Categories of Edit Types
The Action Edit
The Screen Position Edit
The Form Edit
The Concept Edit
The Combined Edit
Does Everything Always Apply?
Chapter Four - Review
Chapter Four - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Four - Quiz Yourself
Editing Terms and Topics
Additional Editing Terms
Sync Sound and Counting Time
Parallel Editing
Multi-camera Editing
Composite Editing
Video Resolution
Additional Editing Topics
Color Correction
Importing Still Images
Digital Workflow
Technology vs. Creativity
Chapter Five - Review
Chapter Five - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Five - Quiz Yourself
Working Practices
Chapter Six - Review
Chapter Six - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Six - Quiz Yourself
Key Take-Aways for New Editors
Sound and Vision are Partners
A New Shot Should Contain New Information
There Should Be a Reason for Every Edit
Pacing Has a Purpose
Observe the Action Line
Select the Appropriate Form of Edit
The Better the Edit, the Less it is Noticed
Editing is Manipulation
The Role of an Assistant Editor
Editing is Creating
In Conclusion
Chapter Seven - Review
Chapter Seven - Exercises & Projects
Chapter Seven - Quiz Yourself
Helpful Resources for the New Filmmaker
Essential Crew Positions for Motion Picture Production
Practice Script
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