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Technique of Film Editing, Reissue of 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Karel Reisz , Gavin Millar
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29 Sep 2009 0240521854 978-0240521855 2

Enhanced version of the seminal text on editing includes a new foreword, a new afterword, a revamped cover and layout, as well as a lower price!

The single most comprehensive and engaging volume on film editing. Reisz and Millar introduce readers to every aspect of the editor's craft, providing a concise history of editing and describing editing style as it applies to every genre of moviemaking, including many types of narrative and documentary films. The particular demands of wide-screen filmmaking, cinema verite, and the avant-garde are also covered.

Reisz and Millar's account of the differences between smooth and abrupt editing and their remarkable sense of editing for dramatic effect rather than for realism make this book essential for apprentice editors, as well as those who want to know how filmmakers understand their work.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (29 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521855
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about the 2nd edition 25 July 2013
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The early part of this book (a history of film editing in the silent movies) and the main body, written by Karl Reisz, I found very interesting and informative and a good read. Unfortunately the additional material, about film movements and specific directors since the original publication, reads much more like a text-book, and whilst I've no reason to doubt its accuracy it did little to tempt me to explore films of these genres. So four to five stars for the first 2/3rds but only 2 stars for the final part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to make films? Read this book! 24 Nov 1997
By A Customer
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First you have to find it. Incidentally, I am sure it is not extremely difficult to find, for I happen to have found it accidentally in a film book store in Hollywood. Needless to say this book provides any potential film maker with an exciting view of the craft, turning mechanics into art. It is written in a clear style and in an almost profound way it will change the way you understand cinema and editing. Reisz and Millar will teach you how to turn the art of film into film art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent theory book 14 Sep 2012
By B Glew
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This book provides an excellent background and overview of film editing, using a wide range of examples and film styles. Very useful as a resource tool or if you are looking for inspiration or new ideas, or even if you just want to watch films from a different perspective. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
By Steve
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to make films? Read this book! 24 Nov 1997
By dartprod@concentric.net - Published on Amazon.com
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First you have to find it. Incidentally, I am sure it is not extremely difficult to find, for I happen to have found it accidentally in a film book store in Hollywood. Needless to say this book provides any potential film maker with an exciting view of the craft, turning mechanics into art. It is written in a clear style and in an almost profound way it will change the way you understand cinema and editing. Reisz and Millar will teach you how to turn the art of film into film art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book on Film Editing 29 Jan 2010
By givpilot - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the enhanced second edition, published in 2010. The Technique of Film Editing is the seminal work on the subject of editing cinematography. It was originally published in 1953 and revised and expanded as a second edition in 1968. The 2010 printing is essentially a reprint of the 1968 second edition with an updated forward. That does not diminish the book in the least, the 1968 edition is as valid today as the day it was published.

Although we live in an increasingly digital world, this book is every bit as pertinent to the digital editor working with Final Cut as it is to a celluloid editor working on a Movieola. For this book is not about software or hardware, but about the process and art of editing. It makes no difference whether the images were captured on silver halide film, video tape or a silicon chip.

The Technique of Film Editing is comprehensive, it begins with a history of editing and then moves on to the practice of editing in a variety of cinemagraphic styles, from action and comedy sequences, documentary reportage, montages and dialog sequences, to name only a few. What follows next is a discussion of the timeless principles of editing, such as timing, pace and rhythm.

In the second part of the book, Reisz and Millar explore the work of some notable directors and editors. They point out to us how seemingly minor choices in framing and editing can have a profound impact on how the scene is perceived by the audience. The real examples (film frames are printed that coincide with the text) from real films make this section particularly useful. Through the printed examples, you can precisely see the various points the authors are making. This was my favorite part of the book - I could understand the choices the directors and editors made and I learned much from that.

If you are involved with film editing, in any of its various forms, this is a book you should not be without. Prior to this reprinting, older copies were selling at several times this price in used bookstores and online. Focal Press is to be commended for bringing back a great work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOUR INTERESTED IN MAKING FILMS, THIS IS FOR YOU! 25 Feb 2010
By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b - Published on Amazon.com
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I have dabbled in many fields and one of them was film making on a very experimental level. I learned a lot by trial and error, but I would have loved to have had this book 15 or 20 years ago. If you're into film making or just like the art of film making, this book is an interesting read and could be considered priceless to those who are really into the craft. Editing is so important in film making, but I don't think most people realize just how much so.....it can make or break a film regardless of how good the story or actors are.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seems a bit dated. 18 Feb 2010
By Robert Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the techniques and editing principles outlined in this book consist of very tried and true standards for creating good work, they also seem a bit dated. Some of the newer technologies of the marketplace and bolder ideas from younger forces in the world of filmmaking make some of the older standards seem a bit stale. This is a good resource book, but I wouldn't take it a a know-all bible. Just my opinion.
4.0 out of 5 stars Artistry behind the classics 26 July 2012
By Epilady - Published on Amazon.com
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What makes a sequence of film a masterpiece? According to "The Technique of Film Editing": how it's edited. It explains what technique is used and why. Understanding the early works is the foundation of current filmography. As other reviewers note, it's not a how-to, but a why and when approach. Editing is an art form as much as a discipline.

The book is pretty phenomenal, although not the easiest to understand. This "update" has a few more chapters added from the original 1953/1968 montage. This reader wishes there was discourse spent on some more modern movies and techniques that occur post-processing. That's an important component that is missing from this tome.
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