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  • Sun, Jan 22 2006 9:46 PM

    Idea [I] Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    I'm looking for some information on astetics of editing and the craft of editing whether its a book or a website, I have read articles at dvmag.com, but just wondering what others do for inspiration

    Thanks
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  • Mon, Jan 23 2006 3:03 PM In reply to

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    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    "Nonlinear Editing:  Storytelling, Aesthetics and Craft" by Bryce Button is really good.  Lots of info in that book.  Walter Murch did a book on cutting Cold Mountain, too.  I've heard that's a great, informative read as well.

    I'm putting together a tip right now of what I consider to be essential reading.  I'll get it posted as soon as I finish it.

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  • Mon, Jan 23 2006 3:07 PM In reply to

    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    I've looked for books on the same subject.

    I liked "In the Blink of an Eye", but that was more "philosophical", http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1879505622/102-7703883-2984911?v=glance&n=283155

    I'd like something that talkes about types of edits and transitions generally. For instance, sometimes I use a hard-cut and it just "feels" right and sometimes I have to use a dissolve transition to make it "feel" right. I never know why an edit "feels" right. It would be nice to read a book that says, "In this case use a hard-cut and in this case use a transition".

    I edit a lot of martial artists and dancers and it seems that there is an involvement between the edits and the action and movement of the people. There has to be some sort of synergy between the subject's movements and actions and the types of transitions and cuts that are made. The movement of the camera seems to affect it as well.

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  • Tue, Jan 24 2006 12:17 AM In reply to

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    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    While having rules is good I like to work by what feels right, and don't really want rules at the forefront of my thinking.  And let's face it, rules are broken in our industry all the time.

    For example, when "NYPD Blue" hit the screens for the first time everybody was impressed by the cutting techniques used.  But they totally broke the rules of television drama cutting prevalent at the time.  Similarly, every second MTV clip seems to be breaking some cast-in-stone "rule".  Do they work?  Well arguably more often than not.

    My point is, there is only so much that you can learn about editing from books.  You can pick up techniques readily enough, and they will give you your basic tools.  But how you use those techniques should be entirely your own.  Don't dismiss "In the Blink of an Eye" because it's too philosophical.  The philosophy of editing is probably what you need.

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  • Tue, Jan 24 2006 2:41 PM In reply to

    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    Yeah, I even had some of my martial arts students read "In the Blink of an Eye" just because of how philosophical it was Smile [:)]

    I understand about breaking rules, but considering I'm a total noobie that knew absolutely nothing about film making a year ago, I'd like to read about what the rules are so I know what to break...

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  • Tue, Jan 24 2006 2:49 PM In reply to

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    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    I see your point Jeron...rule breaking, IMHO is for those who are way ahead of the game...to a beginner, everything "feels right." lol
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  • Wed, Jan 25 2006 8:34 PM In reply to

    Re: Curious: What books or other references have you bought related to editing/inspiration/ or interviews

    Ak-Jake,

    Amazon just delivered "Nonlinear Editing:  Storytelling, Aesthetics and Craft" by Bryce Button Smile [:)]

    I just browsed through it and it looks like the type of book I've been looking for. Thanks for the tip.

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