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  • The Joy of Film Editing
    books It s impossible for one person to cover all that is happening with editing today Please let me know what you re looking for and share your expertise and experiences We re all here to grow and learn So along the way let s enjoy editing and watching as many good movies videos docs and shows as possible Gael Chandler Books Learn about my books Blog Join a growing community of editors and editing aficionados get job hunting tips share your views and more Cut of the Month Enjoy examining a cut from a recent movie or TV show Resources Explore useful websites books festivals guilds grants etc Free Download editing charts forms checklists and a syllabus Film Glossary Look up editing terms Buzz Read what people say about my books Books Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video 2 nd Edition is the most comprehensive and understandable text available for both students and professionals on the art and craft of editing in the 21st century Jack Tucker A C E First winner of the Robert Wise Award for promoting the Art and Craft of Film Editing Click here to see the awesome trailer Film Editing Great Cuts

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  • Gael Chandler’s Books | The Joy of Film Editing
    Wise Award for promoting the Art and Craft of Film Editing Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know is an eye grabbing succulent book that helps you understand visually rather than in words how those incredibly short pieces of film shot on the set or location come together to create a movie a kinetic visceral sensation that can leave you breathless moved or profoundly transported D

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  • Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know | The Joy of Film Editing
    Knocked Up Cars and Babel the book explains how cuts shape the movie s story and affect its audience It truly demonstrates the joy of editing on every page by showing how an editor is both a magician and a story teller with the cuts s he makes Who s the book for This engaging pleasure filled pictionary of a book is for everyone wants to understand cuts and why editors make them Editors At last a book that shows and appreciates what you do with appealing frames from contemporary movies Give it to friends and family who don t quite get editing and relax with it yourself Film students Learn all the types of cuts editors make and become inspired to work them into your projects Film professors and teachers Use the text s illustrative frames and commonsense categories of cuts as a versatile customizable teaching tool Directors producers and other professional filmmakers See what cuts are created in the editing room and how they affect the audience Movie makers who edit on iMovie and similar systems Do try these cuts at home Have fun with them and see what they do for your projects Movie goers Deepen your film going pleasure and expand your knowledge you ll enjoy movies more than ever Book s Topics in a Nutshell Cuts The book begins by showing the basic types of cuts that editors make such as reverse cuts reactions and cutaways It moves on to show a myriad of match cuts then exposes a bunch of mismatched cuts including one from an Academy Award winning film Following this the book has fun revealing basic and complex effects wipes dissolves greenscreen mattes etc before attacking cutting conventions like montage parallel action and cross cutting The book also spends time looking at

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  • Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video | The Joy of Film Editing
    takes a thorough look at the modern MTV editing style contrasting it with the traditional cutting style quoting top editors and citing current research and movies To prepare for the re write I interviewed 15 editors working in all film genres from comedy to news to music videos to reality shows I ve included their experiences and advice along with that of esteemed feature editors and other postproduction personnel You ll hear from them extensively in an expanded Stage II Part 2 which is all about how to approach and edit the footage to create dynamic engaging stories Topics There are plenty of books on how to use specific editing software but few that detail the whole process of editing from beginning to end Cut by Cut 2 concentrates on the why and what to do next so you can Set up a cutting room make a post schedule sync log and organize dailies Design a workflow for your show be it tape tapeless film or a hybrid Operate a digital editing system like Avid Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro Finesse dialogue action and montage scenes and add music and VO to your show Cheat shots add reactions make overlaps and deal with mismatches pace and many other routine editing challenges You will also find out how to Create and recognize VFX visual effects Prepare a show for screening re cut it and take it to locked cut Design sound for you show and prepare it for sound and music editing and the mix Finish your show on a digital editing system or via online the DI process or negative film cut Budget for each stage of post production Structure of book Cut by Cut 2 nd Edition is divided into three stages corresponding to the three stages

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  • Blog | The Joy of Film Editing
    later src http joyoffilmediting com wp content uploads 2016 01 fahrenheit 300 65 jpg alt fahrenheit width 300 height 65 class alignnone size medium wp image 5595 In Fahrenheit 911 Michael Moore rejected music and narration in this montage employing only ambient sound to document everyday life in pre war Baghdad Selected cuts Putting a Montage Together Composing a montage is freeing and rewarding as you work to assemble a cohesive whole and stumble across random connections You may put shots together from a variety of sources dailies news reel footage YouTube TV shows archival sources etc as well as variety of locations eras and angles The juxtaposed shots will delight you and lead you down cutting paths you never imagined Accidentally you ll insert a shot at the wrong place and be happily surprised by the result Some montages are a blend of images that are marvelous soothing gorgeous to behold such as a bevy of images of our national parks Other montages serve up a collision of images where shots clash disorient or disturb viewers e g a montage of exposing the pristine and poisoned lakes of our land Either way make sure that the audience will make the desired connections from your scene To get off to a good start cutting your montage clearly organize label and describe your shots This way you can ensure that they fit what you re trying to say and show and you can quickly grab them and throw them on your timeline as you re immersed in the process of creating the montage Here are some specific DOs and DON Ts for constructing a montage DO pay attention to pacing Choose shot content focal length and duration to maximize information engagement and the story you re telling DON T make every cut the same duration Choose each shot s length frames to seconds by how much information it needs to convey Once the shot s played out is no longer engaging cut away to something new Often you ll notice that the cuts tend to get shorter as the montage progresses DO freeze shots speed them up or slo mo them to communicate their content the most effectively DO feel free to use multiple visuals such as split screens supers layered shots to increase the information and pace of your montage DON T use every type of wipe or dissolve in your digital editing machine s toolbox Unless you want to look amateur or are making a parody montage DO make sure that the sound you use music sound effects and or words supports your montage DON T cut on every beat of every of the music Borrrring DO use color correction to adjust shots from different time periods places or sources for readability and aesthetics When you finished editing the montage you ll find you ve created a scene that is much bigger than the sum of its cuts The long montage which Spike Lee inserted at the beginning of When the Levees Broke A Requiem in Four Acts serves as an elegy to the city of New Orleans Selected cuts Coming Up In final blog on the art of editing montage we ll look at the types of montages and how in some cases they ve become so clichéd that great spoof montages have been created Sherry Green Editing practices Editor s role Technical process The Art of Editing a Montage Part 1 January 16th 2016 No comments December s issue of MovieMaker Magazine consists of its annual guide to making movies and once again contains an article I wrote The Myriad Uses of Montage You can buy the hard copy and read the article now or view it online in a few weeks It s a case of the editor being edited My article was cut down a bit and retitled To get the full benefit of my effort I am running the entire article here over three posts Today s post reveals how a montage is conceived along with the purpose of a montage Intro Show a lot of things happening at once Remind everyone of what s going on And with every shot you show a little improvement To show it all would take too long That s called a montage montage Oh we want montage montage Song for montage scene in Team America and in South Park Episode 3 Season 6 Montage The word glides off the tongue of many a filmmaker but what exactly does it mean Derived from the French word to mount a film montage is a succinct self contained sequence of images designed to convey or recap facts feelings or thoughts A montage arises from the script on a fiction show or the outline on a non fiction show Typically the script or outline will call for a montage with a line like these A series of shots as Jack and Jill go up the hill A progression of newspaper headlines revealing the murder Archive footage of tornadoes in the Midwest A montage can also be dreamt up after the shoot by the director or editor such as opening teaser montage showing what your doc will be about Most opening credit sequences on TV shows are montage scenes Woody Allen s Midnight in Paris starts with an dreamy montage of the city accompanied by a drowsy jazz tune that sets up the movie Selected cuts Purpose of a Montage Documentaries commercials infomercials news shows dramas and comedies all types of shows incorporate montages to get across information and move along the story that they re telling Montage scenes are self contained and frequently serve as bridges between dialogue or action scenes Most often a montage functions like a musical interlude as it bridges time place or knowledge with its evolving collage of images Montages are commonly relied upon to deliver exposition flashback or flashforward scenes You can also employ a montage to stretch time or show a character s interior thoughts In the example below we see where a desperate character s mind goes when he s immobilized in a canyon due to a boulder pinning his arm In this montage from 127 Hours director Danny Boyle employs split screen shots to deliver James Franco s character thoughts of his family Selected cuts Montage scenes invariably show and tell a lot of information in a short amount of time Most often montages compress time showing a week a lifetime or an era in a minute or two In Into the Wild director Sean Penn compressed time in this montage via postcard like text and music to show the main character s journey to Alaska Selected cuts Coming Next Part 2 of The Art of Editing Montage will give a brief history of the montage along and cover the rules for cutting montage including specific DOs and DON T S Sherry Green Editing practices Editor s role History research Technical process Happy Holidays from MPEG December 31st 2015 No comments The Motion Picture Editors Guild Local 700 of IATSE sent its members this droll vintage video of what it takes to be an editor You can also find it on YouTube Click here to learn more about the guild and its history Joy wishes you a wonderful 2016 that brings you joy and satisfaction in the pursuit and achievement of your filmmaking goals Sherry Green Editing practices Editor s role Fun games History research Chantal Akerman Innovator and Influential Director December 7th 2015 No comments There are filmmakers who are good filmmakers who are great filmmakers who are in film history And then there are a few filmmakers who change film history Nicola Mazzanti director of the Royal Belgian Film Archive on Chantal Akerman It was only after her last breath suicide due to depression following her mother s death and an RIP Facebook posting in October by an editor friend that filmmaker Chantal Akerman entered my awareness I m not even sure I could sit through one of her films Yet the clips that I ve seen and will show here as well as the articles I ve read about her call out to me to be real in my creations I m setting my gleanings down here to motivate you and honor Akerman Born in 1950 She worked in film and video in her native Belgium New York where she lived from the late 1960s to early 1970s and in Paris where she spent the rest of her life Here s an interview that serves as an intro to her and her oeuvre Akerman on editing I was breathing and then at one point I understood it was the time to cut It was my breathing that decided the length of my shots Akerman s Filmmaking Style She shot at least one film by placing the camera at her height short She routinely locked off her camera and let her subjects trains subways actors etc enter and exit and disappear for long seconds before reappearing Her sparse deliberate time taking non manipulative often non linear style from women s perspectives calls out to all of us to be upfront real and authentic British writer and film critic Adam Roberts described her camera moves she often captured dolly shots captured form moving cars in a long essay What is extraordinary about Akerman s travelling shots is that they do not lead to a reveal a unlike Hollywood her pans shots never build to climax or pay off The movements are very even without accent and do not have the feeling of a movement towards or away from anything Here s an example from Les rendez vous d Anna a short she shot in 1978 Akerman s Story In 1964 at 14 she saw Jean Luc Godard s Pierrot le Fou at 14 and decided to be a filmmaker Beginning at 18 she directed over 40 innovative films shorts and features of various genres fiction documentary thriller comedy art gallery etc during her 65 years on the planet At 25 in 1975 she shot her first feature Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles Considered one of her best films it s a drama that lacks drama a fictionalized account of the deadening daily life of a single mother a with a TRT of three hours and 45 minutes Here s the much remarked upon scene of the Dielman played by Delphine Seyrig simply peels potatoes in one long two and a half minute scene and take Auschwitz which her parents survived and her grandparents did not shadowed her life though she didn t deal with it directly in most of her films Her last film No Home Movie 2015 consists of recorded conversations between her and her mother via Skype and digital camera and was an attempt unsuccessful to get her mother to unburden herself about Auschwitz Since WWII ended humanity has endured more torture terrorism and genocide The continued murdering of our fellow humans leaves us beyond words with anger and sadness Making films is one way to take action and move beyond isolation and defeat So please keep breathing Keep making films Keep furthering the human race And perhaps someday the peace and world we imagine will materialize Sherry Green Editing life Editing practices History research Art of the Film Score October 17th 2015 No comments Did you ever want to Know the relationship between Pinocchio and the music in Close Encounters of the Third Kind Appreciate the genius of Bernard Herrmann the composer for Vertigo and other memorable Hitchcock films Understand what goes into creating the music for films that so enraptures us Film composer professor and friend Marcia Bauman will delve into the world of cinema music in the Art of the Film Score It s a four week workshop that starts November 7 at CMCM Center for Media in the County of Marin Here s the musically enticing trailer that Marcia and CMCM created for the class Marcia helped me on my latest film book Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video 2nd Edition and I ve been wanting to take one of her classes for a long time I will be there and hope to see you Time 1 4 PM Dates Saturdays November 7 28 Place 819 A St San Rafael CA CMCM Click here for more info about the class and its registration page Sherry Green Announcements History research Sound music editing User groups meetings Free Feedback Workshop for Filmmakers August 24th 2015 No comments If you live near San Rafael and have a film in progress starting September 2 I ll be leading a feedback group Work in Progress Wednesdays at CMCM Center for Media County of Marin The workshop is free and will meet every other month If you re working on an 8 10 minute short piece you can show your entire piece If you re editing a long form project you can run up to 20 minutes of your cut Time 6 30 8 30 PM Date Wednesday September 2 Place 819 A St San Rafael CA CMCM In a safe collegial space you ll hear feedback from fellow filmmakers as well as from me I will enforce stated guidelines that will allow you to hear comments in a supportive atmosphere Think of it as a free focus group To enter a clip email a brief description of your project no later than Wednesday August 26 to jill cmcm tv Otherwise just show up and learn from watching others work and giving feedback Learn more here Now look at this promo for Work in Progress Wednesdays It gives you the information but it could use some feedback itself Sherry Green Announcements Editing practices User groups meetings Testing a Media Assets Site Does Motion Array Meet a Freelance Editor s Needs August 8th 2015 No comments When you have a website you get numerous unsolicited offers to improve your SEO These emails go straight to my Block Senders and junk mail folder Once in a blue moon and July 31st there was a stupendous one you get a request that is a win win Kaila Williams from Motion Array emailed me asking In an effort to increase our membership I was wondering if you would be willing to write up a review of the services that Motion Array has to offer We d like to extend a free month of full membership NOT the trial membership in exchange for your honest review of Motion Array com You would have access to all of the After Effects templates stock video stock music and animations that we offer in addition to the phenomenal customer service that we pride ourselves on I immediately put Jay Scherberth editor extraordinaire and my partner in Picture Your Book on the case Jay tried out the software and reported that There really weren t any significant negative aspects to the site or service Neither he nor I get remuneration of any kind from writing and posting this except for the quid pro quo stated above Here s his full review Jay on Motion Array Like most freelance Editors and Web Designers I often have multiple projects going on each with a looming deadline If I don t have the time or the skill set to create certain media assets I ll look to the web for a solution There are plenty of stock footage sites out there like iStock Getty Images and Shutterstock which do a decent job at providing the basics like photos illustrations and some music However often times I m looking for something more like unique motion graphics and fresh new After Effects templates Recently I tested a media asset site that provided everything I needed for a project at a very reasonable cost That site is MotionArray com and on it I found just the right stock music and an easy to modify After Effects template with a tutorial To finish it all off I grabbed a great stock motion background piece Motion Array categorizes all media assets and they are easily searchable This is important because I would rather spend time creating than searching All stock motion graphics come in QuickTime format and are encoded in popular video codecs making them compatible with most all popular editing software like Adobe Premiere my NLE of choice The video resolutions codecs and frame rates are all listed on the individual product pages The folks at MotionArray com have done a fine job at creating a well organized minimally designed remember less is more website that comes up fast I especially like the previewing options that are built into all sections of the website If you want just a quick look or listen simply click the asset thumbnail and it plays almost instantly If you discover a piece of music or an After Effect template that looks promising click the asset name and you re presented with a detailed product page listing format resolution frame rate etc and a large player I especially appreciate the Related Products suggestions that appear just below the asset you re examining This helps you to zero in on just the right piece by suggesting alternative versions MotionArray com is constantly adding new material which has become an almost daily ritual for me It s fun to discover the new cutting edge material they re coming up with The amount of motion effect flares fractals shimmering light streaks and swirling particles seem endless but the number and quality of their animated text effects is equally impressive And finally downloading and using the material is painless due to the built in product tutorials packaged with each asset While browsing the website be sure to examine their extensive library of tutorials and free downloads There is plenty to like here especially Motion Array s no long term contracts policy Check it out Sherry Green Editing practices Editor s role Technical

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  • About Author | The Joy of Film Editing
    and began slipping through studio gates My first Hollywood job was as an assistant at a sound hole in the wall a studio where I transferred 500 tiger growls from ¼ to 35mm on my first day It was a good place to meet editors and led to my first assistant editor job in the syncing pool on the television show That s Incredible I have edited comedies dramas documentaries features corporate videos and promos and cut on every type of medium film tape and digital Nominated twice for a Cable ACE award for editing a comedy series Additionally I have taught editing practices and history at Loyola Marymount University and California State Universities at Long Beach Los Angeles and Northridge and have trained hundreds of professionals independent filmmakers professors and students to operate digital editing equipment I have also written a handful of feature screenplays one of which is optioned and another of which won the Scriptwriters Networks Producers Outreach Program contest and may yet be coming to a theatre near you The writing has made me a better editor and vice versa I wrote Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video published December 2004 to share my knowledge and aid filmmakers in taking their projects from dailies to tube screen disk or the Web Happily the book was well received by editors independent filmmakers students and teachers By 2011 it needed updating so I did just that for Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video 2 nd Edition adding 90 pages in the process Speaking at an author panel I m second from left My second book Film Editing Great Cut Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know a pictionary of the 50 types of cuts that editors make is being translated into Chinese Korean Italian

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  • Contact | The Joy of Film Editing
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  • Resources - Gear, Jobs, Software Tips, Training and More | The Joy of Film Editing
    com Filmmaking community MySpace Filmmaker Group Writer s Store Sells books and software for filmmaking professionals and enthusiasts Getting a Job The Film Connection International career service that offers course and helps place aspiring filmmakers Lots of links to other film sites Mandy s Film and Production Directory Find editing jobs worldwide as well as film sales equipments and vendors Media Job Market Hollywood Reporter magazine s site for job postings Check the mag too Pacific Coast Studio Directory A Z monthly listings for all film services inside Hollywood and around the U S A veteran booklet and a poster hung in many a post house that has survived the digital age Now available online at VISUALNET Workplace Hollywood a non profit organization dedicated to training and placing a qualified and diverse workforce in the Entertainment Industry Getting Your Movie Made From the Heart Productions Film grants workshops and consultations offered by Carole Dean a successful filmmaker who thrives on helping low budget and independent filmmakers realize their movies Warshawski Morrie Shaking the Money Tree How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video 2nd Edition Studio City CA Michael Wiese Productions 2003 A no fail approach written by a consummate fund raiser Guilds and Organizations American Cinema Editors A C E an honorary society that also runs a student internship program and has an education wing Asian Film Foundation AFF LA based organization dedicated to maintaining a Web site of information and news articles hosting screenings festivals to promote Asian filmmakers and preserving Asian films APAPOP This jam packed site exists in its own words to build an engaged involved active and excited audience for Asian American films Cinewomen A nuts and bolts organization located in LA and NY dedicated to helping its members progress in their profession International Documentary Association IDA This non profit organization supports the doc maker with seminars and a newsletter on funding filmmaking processes and holds screenings an awards ceremony and events honoring docs and their makers Membership is open to all and has a sliding scale Independent Feature Production IFP A national organization currently in six cities that supports indies with seminars knowledge newsletter and a place to network It holds the annual Spirit Award in LA to honor independent work which has gained in prestige over the years Motion Picture and Videotape Editors Guild IATSE Local 700 for the U S Site has topical news and articles National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians NABET Locals in all major cities Women in Film WIF A world wide non profit organization of professional filmmakers which runs a mentoring program funds scholarships and productions holds seminars and award shows to recognize women s accomplishments History and Theory Chion Michael Audio Vision Sound on Screen Columbia University Press 1994 Translated from French a leading film scholar sounds off about the movie soundtrack Chandler Gael Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Studio City CA Michael Wiese Productions 2009 The Cutting

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