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On Film Editing

By Edward Dmytryk

  1. ISBN: 9780240517384
  2. Publication Date: November 1984
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 160
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On Film Editing explains, in simple terms, the principles of film editing, using examples and anecdotes. Written in an informal "how-to-do-it" style, renowned director Edward Dmytyrk shares his expertise and experience in film editing in an anecdotal and philosophical way.

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.


Titles and Definitions
Who Cuts the Film?
Smooth Cutting- The Ideal
The Cutter Begins
You've Got to Have a Reason
The Action Cut- and What Makes It Work
Keep It Fresh and Fast with the Overlap
Trying a Little Harder
Cutting Dialogue
The Reaction Is What Really Counts
If You Can't Make It Smooth, Make It Right
Knowing Your Audience
Dissolves: Why, How, and If
Editing- Simple and Pure
More of the Same
Rescuing the Actor
Where It All Began- The Montage