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Grammar of the Edit



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    Grammar of the Edit


Learn the basic "grammar" of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! This book shows you in no uncertain terms (independently of software) what you absolutely need to know to edit your video production. Whether you are just learning how to edit or you need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common practices of editing to help create a coherent and meaningful story or visual presentation. This book concentrates on where and how an edit is made and teaches you how to answer the simple question: 'What do I need to do in order to make a good edit between two shots?'Grammar of the Edit begins with an explanation of the basic rules of visual construction that will allow you to arrange your footage logically. The book takes you from the basic vocabulary of editing, to knowing when to cut (and why), to transitions, and finally to good working practices. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Edit is a staple of any filmmaker's library.Don't miss the companion volume, Grammar of the Shot 2e, 9780240521213! * A simple and clear overview of the principles of editing...timeless information that will improve your work * Designed as a quick reference: each topic covered in an illustrated two-page spread * Together with its companion volume Grammar of the Shot, these little books are all the beginning filmmaker needs

Table of Contents

What is Editing?
What is an Edit? Transitions Between Shots
What Types of Edits are there?
The Cut
The Dissolve
The Fade
The Wipe
When to make the Cut? For reasons of
Camera Angle
The Five Most Common Edit Categories
The Action Edit (continuity)
Screen Position Edit (screen direction, directing the eye)
Form Edit (match cut or match dissolve)
Concept Edit (use of symbolism/themes to underline action/meaning)
Combined Edit (several categories combined in one transition)
The Editor?s Challenge: How to Handle Difficult Footage
Scenarios where Film Language and Shooting-For-Editing got mixed up during production and how the editor might save the day in post
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