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The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice by [Dancyger, Ken]
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"From D.W. Griffith to MTV, from silent movies to action films, Dancyger explores not only history, techniques, and the social aspects of film and video, but he also looks at how technology has affected film and video making and editing. This isn't a quick read but definitely worthwhile if you want to gain an understanding of what it takes to be an excellent director and editor.” -Theano Nikitas, Camcorder & ComputerVideo

Praise for previous editions:

"Ken's additions to his book show all of us who love and study the craft of editing, a real understanding of the importance and stimulating impact editing has in helping tell a story, create mood, and shape characters."
--Sam Pollard, film editor, Girl 6, Clockers, Mo Better Blues

"Dancyger's book is an excellent introduction to the art of manipulating moving pictures and sound for students, amateurs, hobbiests and professionals alike." - Videomaker

"...a thoroughly "reader friendly" introduction and survey of proven editing techniques and how those techniques influence the editing process..." - The Bookwatch, Sept. 2006"

About the Author

Ken Dancyger is the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production. He conducts screenwriting forums and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia. A past chair of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Film and Television at NYU, he is currently Professor of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0240813979
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  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (23 July 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I bought this book for my grandson who is doing video and media at college and he said it was extremely good and in fact he found that his tutor also used it as a reference book so in that context it was perfect for him.
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Brilliant well written book! I used this as a reference tool whilst writing my MA and it was a great help.
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HASH(0x9deadb04) out of 5 stars An in-depth study of the history and practice of cinema from the perspective of the editor 21 Feb. 2011
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
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It's worth knowing going into it what this is and isn't. It is not a practical, hands-on guide to editing technique. It is not the book to go to if you just want a quick primer on how to make cuts that work. It's not really a book for beginners, except perhaps in the context of the classroom. For that a better book would be something like Grammar of the Edit, Second Edition.

What it does is provide a detailed overview of the history and genres of cinema, that focuses on the evolution of editing styles, and how films are cut together in ways that achieve specific effects. Most overviews of cinema focus on the visuals and camera movement, on direction and cinematography, and only secondarily on editing and writing and sound and other critical elements of cinema. In this guide, the emphasis is on cutting as the place where films are finished and where their impact and significance is designed. It's a very useful guide - and would be helpful for anyone who is studying film, but almost essential for anyone who wants to get up to speed on the techniques that have been used in editing.

The book is very clearly written and is very thorough. If it reads a bit like a textbook, that's because it is. What I found most helpful about the approach is that Dancyger makes clear how the techniques of editing must answer to the needs of a scene or the aims of a film as a whole. It's a crucial perspective, and a very helpful and thorough guide to editing's history and practice, that would complement a more hands-on and practical guide.
HASH(0x9debd558) out of 5 stars Editing has long fascinated me 18 Oct. 2011
By Soar - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are as fascinated as I am with the art of film editing, you may enjoy this book. It is definitely written at a textbook level, but it is a readable textbook on the philosophy and theory behind the storytelling of editing. Note: I would not choose this book as your first introduction to film editing. I feel you would be best starting off with Walter Murch's classic work In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition, the gold standard for a book on film editing.

Editing has long fascinated me. The subtle, almost silent effect it has on the emotions of the audience is often not clearly understood. Film making is all about collaboration. What is that collaboration like once the film is in post-production? Certainly editing is not the most glamorous aspect of film making (when was the last time you saw an editor featured on ET!), and the process can often involve quite a bit of time in the post-production process. What choices, what decisions, go into this relationship between editor and filmmaker? How does a film editor select which path to take, what story to tell?

Ken Dancyger does a fantastic job of showing those of us passionate about films how to read a film. Yes, how to read a film. Using specific examples from films either known or easily obtained by us, he shows through example how the integrity of the film's story can be not only maintained, but strengthened. He also covers the editing process back through the silent film era.

Reading this material a little bit at a time served me well, and has certainly gone a long way to help me understand how film editors come to many of the complex decisions they must make as they work on a feature film.

In summary, a great book. In trying to make the material accessible and easy to comprehend, the book can be overly thorough ... if this were a little more concise I would rate it 5 stars.

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HASH(0x9dcc8450) out of 5 stars Aspiring directors and video editors...for history, theory and practice, this book is magnificent! 14 April 2011
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many books on film video editing and books that have covered the history of video editing but I'm going to tell you right now...

"The Technique of Film and Video Editing, Fifth Edition: History, Theory and Practice" by Ken Dancyger is the best book that I have come across and read thus far.

And each revision gets better and better!

Dancyger has done a great service in covering video editing from the silent period to the present and covers various genres and also editing in general. The book is well-researched, well-written and this is a book that I wished was used in school because covers not only American films but it also covers Nouvelle Vague, from the jump cuts of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless", Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" and "Jules et Jim" and there are images included in the book as well. Even Won Kar-Wai's "In the Mood for Love", Scorsese's "Raging Bull", Werner Herzog's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" is featured.

If you are a cineaste who is planning to get into the film industry and wants to learn about the history and theory of video editing, hands down, this is the book to buy!

Here is what you can find in this book:

SECTION I: The History of Film Editing

CHAPTER 1: The Silent Period
CHAPTER 2: The Early Sound Film
CHAPTER 3: The Influence of the Documentary
CHAPTER 4: The Influence of the Popular Arts
CHAPTER 5: Editors Who Became Directors
CHAPTER 6: Experiments in Editing: Alfred Hitchcock
CHAPTER 7: New Technologies
CHAPTER 8: International Advances
CHAPTER 9: The Influence of Television and Theater
CHAPTER 10: New Challenges to Filmic Narrative Conventions
CHAPTER 11: The MTV Influence of Editing I
CHAPTER 12: The MTV Influence on Editing II
CHAPTER 13: Changes in Pace
CHAPTER 14: The Appropriation of Style I: Imitation and Innovation
CHAPTER 15: The Appropriation of Style II: Limitation and Innovation
CHAPTER 16: The Appropriation of Style III: Digital Reality

SECTION 2: Goals of Editing

CHAPTER 17: Editing for Narrative Clarity
CHAPTER 18: Editing for Dramatic Emphasis
CHAPTER 19: Editing for Subtext
CHAPTER 20: Editing for Aesthetics

SECTION 3: Editing for the Genre

CHAPTER 21: Action
CHAPTER 22: Dialog
CHAPTER 23: Comedy
CHAPTER 24: Documentary
CHAPTER 25: Imaginative Documentary
CHAPTER 26: Innovations in Documentary I
CHAPTER 27: Innovations in Documentary II

SECTION 4: Principles of Editing

CHAPTER 28: The Picture Edit and Continuity
CHAPTER 29: The Picture Edit and Pace
CHAPTER 30: Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology I
CHAPTER 31: Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology II

The book is also continued online for the following:

CHAPTER 1: Ideas and Sound
CHAPTER 2: The Sound Edit and Clarity
CHAPTER 3: The Sound Edit and Creative Sound
CHAPTER 4: Innovations of Sound

JUDGMENT CALL:

Each revision of this book, I'm just amazed of how much Dancyger is able to add but also keep things relevant for the film school student and those who are not students but have an appreciation for video editing and also for aspiring directors. The book is not only comprehensive and also a book that I would love to see many schools use in an academic setting, it's a well-researched book that not only is fascinating and an enjoyable read but also educational as you learn about the practical skills of editing and more.

There's no book like it right now that covers the history, theory and practice of video editing so well.

Highly recommended!
HASH(0x9debd474) out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but perhaps too comprehensive 1 April 2011
By JackOfMostTrades - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe one reviewer stated the title of this book is misleading. I agree. This is a comprehensive book about the history, method, and philosophy of film editing from Griffith, Eisenstein and other Russian innovators of fiction films and the innovative editing techniques in such documentaries as 'Nanook of the North' than it is about HOW to edit. In this regard, the book bears more of a resemblance to the well-known "How to Read a Film" by Monaco that has gone through many editions. I prefer the latter book for its comprehensiveness and logic of presentation. The book in question here provides a smattering of the elements of the filmmaker's art (another classic 'how-to' book title. What is difficult about this book is that without being familiar with the films that are cited, one can only guess at the points the author is making. For example, he discusses a little-known Yugoslavian/British film "Before the Rain" which makes use of clever temporal sequencing. Now, I saw this film, so I was able to follow the analysis, but I doubt many other people that read this book will have done so. It's the same for many other examples. And let's face it, production stills don't really help much in conveying the experience of film viewing.

In addition, while editing theory is quite interesting from an aesthetic, historical, cultural perspective, I don't believe it is very helpful in learning to edit, although it may be helpful in appreciating editing. Since the book appears to be a textbook, I think a more productive way to create a learning tool would have been to describe a particular editing method, and then offer an assignment for the reader so that she/he tries to understand the theory by DOING. Sure, it's an old adage to say that you should "learn by doing" but that doesn't make it bad advice. One last point I'd make about the book's comrehensiveness is that there is so much film analysis that it's hard to distinguish the 'editing' aspect of filmmaking from the entire process of filmmaking. However, that may not be an issue solely with this book, but about the art/craft of filmmaking itself. To sum up, this book is so comprehensive in analyzing many elements of filmmaking, 'film editing' is a bit misleading as a title.
HASH(0x9dcc845c) out of 5 stars Impressive Undertaking! 22 Mar. 2011
By Dr. E - Published on Amazon.com
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Ken Dancyger's text is endlessly worthy of any classroom or bookshelf.

The author respectfully references watershed films such as Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Stone's Scarface and Kubrick's Barry Lyndon. Nonetheless, this text also addresses films with which younger students may be better familiar, such as: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Nicholas Stoller's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Stephen Daldry's The Hours. In fact, Dancyger's dissection of the subjective shot in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream is both thorough and brilliant. My students are obsessed with this film ... and when I photocopied this section for them, they actually read it. All of it. I have to tell you, that doesn't happen very often. The author knows how to appeal to all ages and all levels of experience. Bravo!

The text is as jargon-free as possible (within the framework of the subject). Likewise, his exploration is compelling. I found myself reading more closely and enjoying this work more than I would have anticipated. I suppose this little anecdote may explain my surprise with this piece: when I first received Dancyger's text, I was truly disappointed that there were no color examples and precious few b/w ones. Nonetheless, when I began reading, I could picture all of these iconic film moments ... examples became unnecessary.

A highly impressive text. You will not regret adding it to your collection.
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