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Between the Scenes: What Every Film Director, Writer, and Editor Should Know About Scene Transitions [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Michael Bays
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Among today's filmmakers, scene transitions represent something wholly essential but not fully understood. Is there a hidden cinematic art which we are only beginning to uncover? Between the Scenes explores this art, delivering a fresh approach for filmmakers and screenwriters that will enhance the emotional impact of their stories. From location choices, to character movement between scenes, to the use of music, scene transitions are where the meat is in your story, and now you'll discover a new palette of creative possibilities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2434 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1615931694
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HE0N880
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to get filmmakers thinking about transitions. 2 April 2014
By Forris B. Day - Published on
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Do you know that feeling when someone explains a concept to you and you have one of those "Yea, right, I get it!" moments? (Sometimes called an "Ah-ha" moment). As I read Jeffery Michael Bay's new book "Between the Scenes" I had plenty of those. I mean in a film buff and movie editor kind of way. First lets discuss what his book is about.

"Between the Scenes" teaches you, the reader, about movies and how they are put together. Not the whole movie though. Just the scenes and segments. As a guy who has edited a few indie films I have certainly dealt with scene transitions using cuts, dissolves and fade to blacks but this book goes way deeper. Bays talks about using the actual scenes to create memorable transitions.

There are tricks I never really thought about such as creating passages of time by using the same location and dissolving to show the ravages of time. This was used quite a bit in "Titanic", for example, the scene where Jack and Rose are all lovey-dovey on the bow of the ship. The scene shows them happily playing in the wind and then dissolves to the same view of the bow of the ship as it sits now at the bottom of the ocean. That is a well planned and powerful transition. The pictures stand on their own but when combined create a strong emotion and show the passage of time. It is used again on a tight shot of young Rose's eye then dissolves to the identical tight shot on old Rose's eye. The same eye but the skin around it goes from silky smooth to wrinkled. We know it is the same person but many years have gone by. These two scenes are used as examples and explained in the book.

There are hundreds of ways to make the transitions just as much a part of the story telling as the actual script and the book shows you how to do it. You will learn how to use music to create these important transitions too. Bays teaches the use of strong opposites for scene transitions such as Day/Night, Fast/Slow, Large/Small and many others. Exercises at the end of each chapter help you think about what you just learned and assist you in the production of your own script. For example in one chapter you are asked to think about how you can tie a scene together by using an object, location or character. These are ideas you may not think of on your own but they can dramatically improve your story.

If you are a scriptwriter, filmmaker, director, editor or somehow involved in creating movies then I recommend checking out this book. I have never seen another book that deals specifically with scene transitions so this one is a valuable tool to have on your bookshelf. It uses scenes from well known movies so you will fully understand each concept. The book contains a glossary of different scene transitions and a filmography of all the films used in the book. The last section of the book discuses the difference between television and movies. Scene transitions have different effects depending on the media and Bays explains, in great detail, why that is. I found that part fascination because I had never thought of the differences, but he gives examples to prove it.

Overall an informative book and from what I can see a one of a kind reference. Money well spent on your next film. Bays is a Hitchcock fan and wrote an E-Book called "How to Turn Your Boring Movie Into a Hitchcock Thriller" also.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Filling In the Gaps 12 Feb. 2014
By Kathie Yoneda - Published on
BETWEEN THE SCENES is that much-needed resource that both emerging and professional screenwriters, directors and editors will find immensely beneficial. Author Jeffrey Michael Bays deftly lays out the specifics of scene transitions from analyzing the six major transitions in a storyline to linking multiple plots to creating the cinetmatic ebb that taps into an audience's emotional responses and how music and locations can help to hook and sustain the film or television viewer. This book will definitely be recommended reading for my writing clients!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great not just for Editors - but for Screenwriters, Directors - and even Creative Producers as well 11 Feb. 2014
By Heather Hale - Published on
In "Between the Scenes," Jeffrey Michael Bays has distilled the art of what many excellent editors do instinctively. Writers and Directors can learn a great deal from the way an Editor sculpts the raw footage to shifting between beats, scenes and sequences to cinematically express the gestalt of the internalized journey of the characters.

To illuminate this full palette of transitional techniques, he breaks them down into easy-to-understand categories, using examples as diverse as Hitchcock, to that famous viral You Tube Hitler clip :-) to a full case study on Ridley Scott's "Gladiator," to even the differences between cutting for film versus TV - all of which help put these strategic approaches in entertaining context. He further encourages you to synthesize these tools immediately by analyzing the script or project you're currently working on to assess which tools might be best used, where, for the greatest dramatic effect - and why.

As a writer or a director, your project can only benefit from your anticipating the same considerations your Editor will eventually be confronted with: Have you put the story in context and adequately conveyed the underlying mood? Have you left sufficient white space to allow your audience to think and feel? (I loved the concept of the "echo line" - reverberating from one scene and lingering into the next). Have you varied the length, intensity and mood of your scenes to achieve the right overall rhythm? Should you withhold, behold, tease or please? ;-)

Just as actors analyze scripts to determine where their character was before they came into the scene (so they can come on camera "in the moment"), Bays encourages his Readers to consider their characters' movement through geography to express each character's internal journey (without the pace lagging - unless you want it to!).

Writers usually have a very specific reason for why they chose to set a scene in a specific locale, but this book analyzes why a Director might creatively change some of those all critical locations, the time, weather, etc. (other than just budgetary or logistical constraints) - and encourages Writers to preconceive these creative juxtapositions. Most writers and directors are adept at using binary oppositions to achieve contrast but all too many forget (or don't have the patience) to stay that extra beat to capture critical character reactions. This book illustrates why all of these are so critical to multimedia storytelling.

We've all heard that a film is created three times: once when it is written (the whole story world created by the screenwriter), then when it is shot (what the Actors but especially the Director bring to capture the essence of moments in the lens) then finally, when the Editor puzzles together the pieces of the best of what was shot. And (if you're lucky), a great producer can also contribute immeasurably during development). In his "Between the Scenes," Jeffrey Michael Bays gives all three key phase leaders a great deal to consider when plying their craft - be it for film or Televison, on the screen or even still on the script page - as to how to connect their audience with a new character, relieve or build tension - and ultimately: emotionally and intellectually engage their audience.

Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Between The Scenes: What Every Film Director, Writer, and Editor Should Know About Scene Transitions 1 Feb. 2014
By Reenie - Published on
Just as a non sequitur can pull you out of a story, the lack of a seemless film transition can also jar the senses and distract the intended audience. Jeffrey Michael Bays' Between The Scenes is an essential guide for both beginners and veterans alike. He captures the beauty of the segue and how to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Doreen Alexander Child
Author of the biography, Charlie Kaufman: Confessions of An Original Mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gems among pictures 14 Jan. 2014
By Dave Watson, Editor, Movies Matter - Published on
Jeffrey Michael Bays's "Between the Scenes" uncovers so many unsung facets to filmmaking, you wonder why this material hasn't come to light yet. The author is aware of characters, music, objects, symbols, and other layers on how and why films flow. The choices of transition, when to build or reveal character, build tension, or provoke or answer questions. These are all done on various levels with various films. This is pure cinema, and storytelling in this art, which is what we set out to do. Changes from one scene to another keep us watching and make us feel think, and wishing for more.

Dave Watson, Editor, Movies Matter
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