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  • Cut of Month | The Joy of Film Editing
    theme an homage to early filmmaking and a mechanized age To view more witty and purposeful shape matches see Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Hugo 2011 Paramount All Rights Reserved March 2013 Type of cut Texture cut a newly identified type of match cut Definition A cut that matches surfaces from one shot to another Description Here two types of plants are matched Spiky grass in the first frame and tall trees in the second Both shots are in soft focus another matched element Comments These cuts are from the The Betrayal an Oscar nominated documentary about a Laotian family s ordeals during the Vietnam war and afterwards when they emigrated to the U S To enjoy more types of matched cuts the most common type of cut that editors make turn to Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Betrayal 2008 Pandinlao Films All Rights Reserved February 2013 Type of cut Object angle juxtaposition Definition A cut that shows contrast from one cut to the next in this case from a vertical object to a horizontal object Juxtapositions in films can also be seen between angles time periods locales and actions to name but a few examples Description Here two pairs of cuts juxtapose a vertical object to a horizontal object The first pair icicles in Frame 1 contrasts with the supine character of Lars Ryan Gosling in Frame 2 The second pair juxtaposes a person standing in Frame 3 to bridge spanning a river in Frame 4 Comments These frames illustrate the gray brown doldrums of winter in the New York town where lives To learn about the different types of cuts that editors make read Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Lars and the Real Girl 2007 MGM All Rights Reserved January 2013 Type of cut Film strip cut a newly named cut to honor the new year Definition A split screen cut that moves horizontally i e filmstrips move in opposite directions top to left and bottom to right Description Film strip cuts constitute this trailer which employs matte shots see Cut of the Month February 2010 and text superimposed over black to put out its message It s an innovative trailer that invites moviegoers to line up for Import Export a 2007 nominee for the Palme d Or French equivalent of the Oscar at the Cannes Film Festival Comments The cut underscores the movie s parallel stories and its non linear action Simultaneously the movie follows a nurse from Ukraine searching for a better life in the West and an unemployed security guard from Austria heading East for the same reason To discover many more different types of cuts read Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Trailer for Import Export 2007 Palisades Tartan All rights reserved All Rights Reserved December 2012 Type of cut Reverse and mismatch Definition Reverse A cut to the opposite reverse angle Mismatch A cut in which continuity is lost due to a difference between elements such as action angle eyeline lighting camera framing or position props weather wardrobe or makeup Description This upside down frame of this odd cut reveals the new young Holmes more a Sherlock than a Holmes in the pilot episode of the BBC series titled Sherlock Comments While this cut works in context if you study it closely it s actually a mismatch Compare the two frames Sherlock in frame 1 has a window behind him If the angle was matched correctly there would be none Rather you d just see his head and the black body bag draped around his shoulders For more examples of reverses and mismatches take a look at Chapter 1 Basic Cuts and Chapter 3 Rogue Cuts Mismatches Jump Cuts Crossing the Line and Bad Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Sherlock A Study in Pink 2011 BBC All Rights Reserved November 2012 Type of cut Exposition cut Definition Cut in a scene at the beginning of a film that sets its time place situation characters tone and or theme Description Expository scenes often unfold over head credits as this one does The frames are from Cinema Verite a 2011 drama about An American Family the first reality series Debuting in 1973 it followed the lives of Loud family of Santa Barbara CA Comments I can almost hear the slap of the splicer in frame three To learn more about expository cuts please refer to Chapter 8 Cutting Scenes of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Cinema Verite selected cuts 2011 HBO All Rights Reserved October 2012 Type of cut Homage cut Definition Cut that pays respect to a previous director or movie Description The protagonist is whisked away from his beloved frame 1 to the clutches of his accidental corpse bride frame 4 This is accomplished via a wipe frames 2 and 3 created by a frenzied flock of birds Comments The cut is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock and his movie The Birds It s a new cut I identified since I ve been working on my editing class Film Editing for Movie Lovers Making an Invisible Art Visible which start October 3 in Santa Rosa CA These are fun cuts to detect Feel free to let Joy know of others you discover To see this and many other types of wipes check out my book Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Corpse Bride 2005 Warner Bros All Rights Reserved September 2012 Type of cut Color lighting and shape match Definition Matching color lighting and shape from one shot to another Description I came across this fantastic match while pulling scenes to use for the editing class Film Editing for Movie Lovers Making an Invisible Art Visible I ll be teaching this October in Santa Rosa CA It shows a shot of a broom being used to mop up blood after a murder in a meth lab cuts to a French fry being used to mop up catsup on a plate in diner The two shots are cleverly matched in color bloody red dark lighting in the upper diagonal half and shape Comments The cut relieves the gruesome action and intense emotion of the first scene a night scene by matching it to an ordinary action in the second scene a day scene To see some other colorful and interesting lighting color and shape matches see Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Breaking Bad Ep 401 Box Cutter 2012 AMC Sony Pictures Television All Rights Reserved August 2012 Type of cut Rope match Definition Matching two different takes of the same camera angle This elusive match cut pays homage to director Alfred Hitchcock whose 1948 film Rope depended on them This 81 minute movie is composed of ten cuts only between ten master shots and except for an opening establishing shot of Manhattan was filmed entirely on one set Description Rope matches are impossible to detect if done properly Luckily the cuts in Rope are well documented and easy to spot once you get the hang of them A couple of notes A couple of notes 1 Hitchcock s editor invariably added few black frames to soften the match between master shots but a rope cut can work without black frames if the camera work is consistent To demonstrate this I deleted the black frames in the frames below 2 Rope most often uses a character s back to end one master shot and cut to another as evident in frame 4 below This example consists of two shots of three frames each and one rope match cut between the two shots Shot 1 has the character cross the room frames 1 2 and pause with his back to the audience frame 3 to end the shot and initiate the cut Shot 2 starts where Shot 1 ended with the character s back to the audience frame 4 Shot 2 then continues as the character exits frame and reveals another conversation frames 5 6 Comments Find out more about Hitchcock Rope and rope matches well as other types of match cuts in Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Rope 1948 United Artists Universal Pictures All Rights Reserved July 2012 Type of cut Angle match Definition Matching shots with similar angles e g long shots medium shots close ups etc Description Editors often match angles when two characters or objects are interacting especially in dialogue scenes Match cuts keep characters closely connected especially as a scene reaches its climax The angle matched here is a raking angle A form of a two shot a rake is a tight shot filmed from the side that favors one character and usually includes part of the other character Raking shots are filmed in pairs and are habitually used in bed scenes and interior car scenes where the physical set up is too constrained to make a reverse shot or OS Comments To learn about the many types of match cuts see Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Lars and the Real Girl 2007 MGM All Rights Reserved June 2012 Type of cut Expanding time Definition Editing to lengthen real time Description Editors expand time in a variety of ways to elongate the moment like a sustained note or repeated phrase in music and let viewers fully experience the emotion and what s taking place Slo mo shots lengthening time show Oscar Schell imagining that his father plunged off the WTC to his death on 9 11 He died in the tower but did not jump Comments Last month s Cut of the Month a flash cut showed quick cuts that got inside Oscar s head This month s example gets inside the boy s head but with slo mo time elongating cuts These cuts exemplify two types of cuts expanding time and subjective time cutting from the character s POV To learn more about how editing can expand compress and manipulate time go to Chapter 6 Cutting for Pace Rhythm and Time of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 Warner Brothers All Rights Reserved May 2012 Type of cut Flash cut Definition This month s cut builds on last two month s Cut of the Month compressing time and subjective time A flash cut combines compressed time and subjective time to create a short cut that quickly and intensively gets inside a character s head Flash cuts sear the audience s brain with what a character is seeing and feeling Description Oscar Schell Thomas Horn names the things that panic him running people crying people abandoned things and flying things to list but a few Comments As the boy runs the litany of fearful items the pace of the cuts accelerates and the music becomes more shrill mimicking the boy s increasingly panicked state of mind To witness more examples of flash cuts flip top Chapter 6 Cutting for Pace Rhythm and Time of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 Warner Brothers All Rights Reserved April 2012 Type of cut Subjective time Definition Cutting to show time experienced from a character s point of view Description Besotted with grief after the sudden death of his partner George Falconer Colin Firth drives to work Slo mos and reaction shots combine to show how Falconer sees his neighbors As they go about their everyday activities they appear to be in a world far removed from his Comments Filmmaking is considered to be the art that most mimics the human mind Editing from a character s point of view exemplifies this and is what allows movies to cross into our dreams hopes fears beliefs and experiences To view more examples of subjective time from well know recent movies tune into Chapter 6 Cutting for Pace Rhythm and Time of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month A Single Man 2009 The Weinstein Company All Rights Reserved March 2012 Type of cut Compressing time Definition Editing to contract real time Description A time compressed sequence conveys information swiftly Editors compress time in a number of ways including making cuts that are short in duration 2 or less employing dissolves mattes or other effects and creating a fast rhythm They edit long journeys to compress real time as well as to efficiently convey story points and provide a sense of place and time period Comments These three shots employ long languorous dissolves to take the audience not only through the seasons but through the years as the town grows up around the central characters house To see and learn more about these ubiquitously used cuts read Chapter 6 Cutting for Pace Rhythm and Time of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Triplets of Belleville 2003 Sony Pictures Classics All Rights Reserved February 2012 Type of cut Wipe Definition A transitional effect where the incoming shot replaces the outgoing shot by appearing to push wipe it from the screen Description A passerby frame two wipes the action from a wide shot frame 1 to closer shot frame 3 Comments Following on December and January s look at wipes this month we ll discuss how wipes affect the tale that the editor is attempting to tell A wipe literally pushes the action the story forward from one shot to the next as these three frames below aptly illustrate If ill used wipes can detract from the story and be cheesy especially if overused on a project from the potpourri of effects instantly available on digital editing systems To discover more about the power of a wipe and why an editor or director would create one read Chapter 5 Cuts that use Complex Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Aviator 2004 Miramax All Rights Reserved January 2012 Type of cut Wipe Definition A transitional effect where the incoming shot replaces the outgoing shot by appearing to push wipe it from the screen Description Continuing December s discussion of wipes here s another horizontal right to left wipe This wipe however uses an element a car to make the transition from one shot of the man in sleeveless shirt to a wider shot of him Comments Filmmakers use many elements to wipe between scenes cars doors people trains planes flowing water and curtains are some common devices To see extensive examples and learn more turn to Chapter 5 Cuts that use Complex Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Station Agent 2003 Miramax All Rights Reserved December 2011 Type of cut Wipe Definition A transitional effect where the incoming shot replaces the outgoing shot by appearing to push wipe it from the screen Description This classic wipe depicts a shot of soldiers frame 1 outgoing shot transitioning to shot of a little girl frames 2 4 incoming shot so that by frame 5 we see only the girl It s a horizontal wipe that moves from right to left Wipes can move left to right or right in any direction vertically diagonally horizontally from the middle of the frame like a barn door opening It uses a fuzzy vertical bar an imitation tree to define the leading edge of the wipe Many wipes simply use the frame line as the edge Comments Editors can create wipes after the shoot or the director may create them as part of composing shots on set Next month I ll look at a wipe composed during filming by the director In the meantime to see many creative examples and learn more about wipes turn to Chapter 5 Cuts that use Complex Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Pan s Labyrinth 2006 Picturehouse New Line Cinema All Rights Reserved November 2011 Type of cut Juxtaposition Definition Parallel action that shows contrast from one cut to the next The contrast can be in time periods locales actions etc It can carry a political theme be jarring unsettling or merely curious Description These four pairs of juxtaposition cuts underscore the theme The Betrayal the story of co director Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family Filmed over 23 years this documentary tells the agonizing tale of his family which sided with the U S in the Vietnam war then paid the price with their emigration to the U S Here are four pairs of frames that illustrate juxtaposition cuts Juxtaposition 1 A temple in Laos contrasted with President Kennedy announcing U S military efforts to wipe out communism in Indo China Juxtaposition 2 Laotians today and Laotians being bombed and shot at in the 1970s Juxtaposition 3 Historic footage of dead civilians juxtaposed with the view out of Phrasavath s window as he returns to his village in Laos after decades Juxtaposition 4 Lost Laotian youth compare tats while their equivalents in Laos put in their required time as monks Comments Juxtaposition is a new cut that I ve identified since I wrote Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know I named it to honor Sergei Eisenstein the Father of Editing which was called montage by him and his fellow 1920s Soviet film pioneers Eisenstein spoke of the juxtaposition of shots and viewed montage as the conflict of ideas derived from the opposition of one shot to another He wrote The general course of the montage was an uninterrupted interweaving of diverse themes into one unified movement Each mon tage piece had a double responsibility to build the total line as well as to continue the movement within each of the contributory themes To learn about more different types of cuts why an editor would make them and how they affect the audience read Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know For an explanation and illustration of parallel action see March 2011 Cut of the Month Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Betrayal 2008 Pandinlao Films All Rights Reserved October 2011 Type of cut Speed up Definition Effect where the pace of the action is increased from what occurred in real time in front of the camera This increase is accomplished during editing or more traditionally during filming by undercranking running the film through the camera at a slower rate than it will be played back Description Seen far less frequently than slo mos speed ups are commonly employed to propel a character from Point A to Point B more quickly In these opening cuts of A Study in Pink the premiere episode of the new Sherlock Holmes series shots of well known streets of modern London are sped up to set an energetic pace for the show Comments The speed ups along with the images at the head of this show immediately inform viewers that this isn t their great great grandmother s Sherlock Holmes Joy will expose more of the editing of this Emmy nominated series for Best Editing in upcoming Cuts of the Month In the meantime to enjoy more speed ups and other cuts read Chapter 7 Cuts that use Time Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Sherlock A Study in Pink 2011 Miramax All Rights Reserved Hartswood Films BBC Productions and Masterpiece Theatre September 2011 Type of cut Variation on August Cut of the Month Reverse cut using mirrors Definition A cut to an opposite reverse angle The reverse can cut from the front of a character s to the angle behind the character s or from a character s to the character s they re facing Description Reverse cuts frequently employ mirrors windows or other reflective devices to create the reverse angle This reverse is unusual as it uses two mirrors and includes the characters The result is that the shot contains both angles and conveys more information about the scene and what s going on with the characters Comments There s a lot more to say about the power and ingenuity of reaction cuts To find out more read Chapter 1 Basic Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Happy Go Lucky 2008 Miramax All Rights Reserved August 2011 Type of cut Reverse cut Definition A cut to an opposite reverse angle The reverse can cut from the front of a character s to the angle behind the character s or from a character s to the character s they re facing Description Frame 2 a side angle reverse humorously reveals that Lars girlfriend is not flesh and blood Comments To view more interesting reverse shots and learn more about them see Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Lars and the Real Girl 2007 MGM All Rights Reserved July 2011 Type of cut Bridge cut Definition A cut or series of cuts that serve to transition from one scene to another Description These out of focus moving camera shots of the Laotian countryside transport the main character from one part of Laos to another in this scene from the Oscar nominated doc The Betrayal The cuts reflect his journey as he explores the country of his birth and seeks to reconcile it with his hard knock teen years in NYC where his family was forced to emigrate due to his father being a soldier loyal to the U S in the American war in Indo China Comments This a new cut that I ve identified since I wrote a book on the subject of cuts and why editors make them To learn about more different types of cuts and how they affect the audience read Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Betrayal 2008 Pandinlao Films All Rights Reserved June 2011 Type of cut Miscut a k a mismatch Definition A cut in which continuity is lost due to a difference between elements such as action eyeline lighting camera framing or position props weather wardrobe or makeup Description We ve all notice many miscuts with well glee But many more have escaped us due to the editor s sleight of hand Good editors focus on the story and the action deflecting the audience s attention from the mismatch Often movement and music as is this case with this mismatch obscure the mismatch Comments To see through more editor s tricks and view some mismatches in popular films by Oscar winning editors read Chapter 3 Rogue Cuts Mismatches Jump Cuts Crossing the Line and Bad Cut s of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Glee The Power of Madonna 2010 Twentieth Century Fox All Rights Reserved May 2011 Type of cut Split screen Definition Dividing the screen into two or more parts with different shots in each division Description A split screen conveys more information rapidly and notches up the pace as these three examples from 127 Hours so perfectly demonstrate These split frames show the verve and nerve of the film s risk taking hero who literally cuts off his arm to get himself out of a hole Example 1 speeds up his night exodus from city to desert traihead Example 2 shows him nearing his mountaineering objective as morning lights up a pictograph Example 3 well I couldn t resist adding this since it illustrates split screens use on head credits and look whose credit it is Comments To view some other cool split screens and learn more about how they work in films see Chapter 5 Cuts that use Complex Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month 127 Hours 2010 Twentieth Century Fox All Rights Reserved April 2011 Type of cut Shape match Definition Matching similarly shaped objects or forms Description Shape matches are fun cuts to spot And none is more foolishly fun than this match from a sloppy Joe to a hamburger restaurant with his likeness on top Comments To see some diverse and bizarre shape matches and learn more about them look at Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Triplets of Belleville 2003 Sony Pictures Classics All Rights Reserved March 2011 Type of cut Parallel action Definition Editing two or more independent lines of action together where characters settings or subjects do not interact directly and are unaware of each other Description Los Angelenos go about their separate lives until they begin to collide in Crash Academy Award winner for best picture 2006 Comments For more information and some wonderful examples of parallel action read Chapter 8 Cutting Scenes in Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Crash 2006 Lions Gate Films All Rights Reserved February 2011 Type of cut White out Definition When a shot cuts or dissolves to white as seen in frame 4 Description White outs often involves organic elements such as a camera flashbulb steam or a light as the headlight on the approaching train exemplifies in frame 1 Along with black outs and fade outs white outs are common devices for portraying death In frames 2 and 3 a reverse shot from frame 1 we see the movie s main character facing obliteration What 2011 Academy Award for best picture and best editing movie ended with a white out that supports this convention For the answer see below at the end of Comment section Comments To see some innovative uses of white outs read Chapter 4 Cuts that use Basic Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Answer to quiz question The Black Swan ended with a white out Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Station Agent 2003 Miramax All Rights Reserved January 2011 Type of cut Reaction Definition A cut to a participant reacting to something that has just happened Description Editing in a reaction or series of reactions can be extremely powerful as reactions show human emotion and thought and key viewers emotional response Should they hold their breaths laugh cry worry or get angry A game scene is a perfect way to show undercurrents via human reactions as these selected edits from the lead off scene from The Squid and the Whale demonstrates In frame 1 the family plays tennis in a drab indoor tennis court We witness the tension boil over between the parents in Frame 2 as he slams the ball at her It hits her in frame 3 and hurt and furious she walks off the court In frame 4 he meets her with anger his own and exits toward her in frame 5 as their two sons turn to each other foreshadowing a pattern that will be repeated many times in this no fun and games family movie In frame 5 the boys watch their parents fight a prelude to their separation a few scenes later Comments There s a lot more to say about the power of reaction cuts To learn more and more examples read Chapter 1 Basic Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month The Squid and the Whale 2005 Sony All Rights Reserved December 2010 Type of cut Eyeline Definition A match cut where the characters lines of vision their eyelines match so they appear to be looking at each other Description I know I ve talked about eyelines before but in this scene they play such a significant impressive role that I had to make them cut of the month These five shots from a scene from top notch dramatic TV series Madmen illustrate the power of eyelines in two major ways 1 Eyelines set the scene s geography meaning the setting and placement of all its characters Typically a wide shot at the beginning of a scene sets its geography Nowhere in the scene in there such a shot Instead geography is established through medium shots two shots and group shots all directed by eyelines Eyelines help render this boardroom scene a commonplace setting anything but common in this taut scene In shot 1 frame 1 the client starts the meeting and asks Don Draper the show s main character to pitch his firm s advertising ideas In frame 2 the start of shot 2 Don looks directly at her By the end of the shot frame 3 he looks to the client s board setting their geography so that we re not confused when we see them in frame 4 shot 3 Similarly in frames 5 and 6 comprising the head and tail of shot 4 a two shot Don s eyeline throws the scene back to the client whom we see in the last frame 2 Beyond setting geography the characters eyelines underscore the tension in this scene This is the first time they are meeting Will they connect Reach agreement Make a deal This is the undercurrent as they look directly at each other In frame 2 after listening to the client s opening remarks Don s eyeline shows how he takes control In frame 3 he looks to the board to gauge their reaction to his opening pitch Frame 4 reveals the board to be attentive but not quite hooked Don continues his pitch in frames 5 and 6 before throwing the discussion back to the client in frame 7 And so the plot advances and this superbly edited scripted directed and acted scene unfolds eyelines playing a major part in directing and revealing the drama Comments For more wonderful examples of how eyelines reflect characters emotions and affect the story read Chapter 2 Match Cuts of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Madmen Tomorrowland 2010 AMC All Rights Reserved November 2010 Type of cut Black out Definition When a shot cuts to black Description This four frame sequence crosses three scenes and forms the crux of this drama and one of its most heart rending scenes Main character Vera Drake has admitted guilt for helping needy women terminate their pregnancies In frame 1 at the end of scene 1 main Vera Drake sits in the local magistrate s office in 1951 She has just whispered the truth to her beloved husband who has been in the dark about her unremunerated services I am struck by the lights and darks in these four frames which echo the dark secret coming to light I am also struck by how the camera which is locked off allows the characters to move through space and their emotions In frame two scene two Vera s husband walks toward us through falling snow Combined with frame 3 the cut to black this second scene is a dark passage to frame 4 and the third scene where the door opens to the family who now must be told the news Powerful filmmaking thanks to stand out lighting directing acting and editing Comments To see additional examples and information about black outs and other transitional effects read Chapter 4 Cuts that use Basic Effects of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Vera Drake 2004 New Line Time Warner All Rights Reserved October 2010 Type of cut Cross cut a k a intercut Definition Editing two or more dependent lines of action together so that the characters settings or subjects interact directly and are aware of each other Description Battle scenes such as this one from Avatar are invariably intercut Here the editor cross cuts between three lines of action Line 1 from the ground station frame 1 where the scientists watch the forest on planet Pandora burn to Line 2 the pilot firing on the forest frame 2 and the other planes that are part of the attack frame 3 to Line 3 the Pandorans reacting to their homeland being destroyed frame 4 Comments To see additional examples and information about cross cuts read Chapter 8 Cutting Scenes of Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Your contributions are welcome Click here to send in your own Cut of the Month Avatar 2009 Twentieth Century Fox All Rights Reserved September 2010 Type of cut Slo mo Definition Effect where the pace of the action is decreased from what occurred in reality in front of the camera This retardation is created during editing or more traditionally during filming by overcranking running the film through the camera at a faster rate than it will be played back Description The slo mo overhead shot of the olive frame 1 as it s dropped into the martini glass sets the tone and pace of the scene It s an action match to frame 2 a regular motion shot where a hand grabs the glass Frame 2 in turn

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  • Free- A Syllabus for Film Teachers, Useful Forms and Charts for Filmmakers | The Joy of Film Editing
    lectures and contains specific examples from current movies available on DVD FOR FILMMAKERS Job hunting tips Ten Steps Ten Steps to Breaking into Editing or any other job in the film industry Forms Project Checklist Specify the critical details delivery format etc of your project Post Production Schedule Fill this in with the dates and details of your project s events and deadlines shoot days first cut delivery date etc Tape and Tapeless Show Continuity Form Fill in this info for each screening to help re editing Film Show Continuity Form Fill in this info for each screening to help re editing ADR Cue Sheet Take this to the ADR session to track and log all takes Budgets for post production Here are four forms that cover each phase of editing Note Account s shown are sample numbers not established accounting numbers Budget for Dailies Budget for Editing Budget for Sound Music and the Mix Budget for Finishing To learn more about how why and what to consider when preparing a post production budget refer to Appendix C in Chapter 4 of Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video 2nd Edition Tools Film Footage Converter Convert film footage to

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  • Film Glossary | The Joy of Film Editing
    complex effects and titles and can operate with a variety of different media types such as QuickTime and MXF Avid Quantel and other manufacturers proprietary information can be encoded in the metadata for exchange only within the manufacturers equipment AC 3 See Dolby digital Academy leader Film count down leader which counts down from eight to three and syncs picture at frame two with a corresponding beep sync pop on the sound leader Acmade code A widely used thermal ink code produced in the United Kingdom See also ink code action match Matching the action movement or motion of characters or objects in one shot to the action in the next shot where the action continues or completes address track LTC track on analog tape that s narrow and designed to hold time code See also LTC Adobe Premiere Pro Digital editing system ADR Automated Dialogue Replacement The process by which a line of dialogue is recorded and re spoken by an actor in sync hopefully with the picture to replace the original sync production line Also referred to as looping AES Audio Engineering Society A US organization which recommends standards and practices for technical audio issues AFE Avid File Exchange An AAF that works with Avid systems exclusively and provides proprietary information for recreating an Avid sequence AIFF Audio Interchange File Format Standard Macintosh audio file format created by Apple air master Show tape that is broadcast ALE Avid Log Exchange What an Avid converts the telecine log file into The ALE file becomes part of the film database that the cutlist program will access to make the film cutlist for the negative cutter aliasing An artifact that occurs while reproducing digital video or audio ambience Wordless background sound recorded on location Often called presence A mode Method in which online assembly events are numbered in sequential order by Record IN time code AMPAS Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences The Academy hands out the annual Oscar awards holds screenings throughout the year to honor US filmmakers and generally promotes the recognition and preservation of motion pictures amplitude Measure in decibels dB amplitude is the loudness strength or amount of a signal analog An electrical signal that varies continuously as it records Analog takes the original data and converts the video and audio information into a varying voltage or magnetic field analogue audio recorder Analogue audio recording device such as reel to reel recorder and cassette deck answer print An AP a k a First Trial Print is a color timed print made from the cut negative and screened with the director DP and Timer Typically several APs are made for each reel until the director and or DP approve Arrilaser A type of laser film recorder See also laser film recorder artifacts Unwanted effects or distortions on a digital tape file or disk not found in the original digital or analog video or audio ASCAP American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers A prominent performing rights organization

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  • Buzz – Hear What Professionals, Readers and Reviews Say About Gael Chandler’s Books | The Joy of Film Editing
    Cool Buzz Find out what people are saying about the books Pros see what professional filmmakers think Reviews read published articles Readers learn what readers experiences are Top Copyright 2009 2016 The Joy of Film Editing Valid XHTML 1 1

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  • New/Cool | The Joy of Film Editing
    Film Yapanlarin ve Sinemaseverlerin Bilmesi Mukememmel Kesmeller Less than a year after I heard the news that my book was being translated into Turkish I received a copy this week The cover s changed but otherwise it s the same pictionary of types of cuts editors make with 600 color and B W frames from recent movies Should you have any Turkish friends or film colleagues click here to buy

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  • Video Tutorial on Cuts and Transitions | The Joy of Film Editing
    create a community of editors and those interested in editing be they professionals or movie lovers Posts will cover editing jobs current movies TV shows YouTube videos as well as current software the editor s craft editing theory history and anything else that touches on editing Feel free to join in Gael Chandler Books Film Editing Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video Your Cutting Room View Send in a shot of yourself in your cutting room Here s an example Andika Duncan shooter writer preditor Dallas TX How Andika describes her work I specialize in Internet marketing videos I create online marketing videos for mostly small business websites My latest project was a real estate agent s profile video I help with script writing film the shots and edit the video What Andika says about her work I am passionate about helping people succeed in their small businesses You have to know what triggers people to buy or to do business with an individual or a company Video is the perfect tool to create credibility showcase your talent and distinguish yourself from the competition I like the creative side of video making I am still learning new things every day and that is what keeps me going Also I enjoy making new connections and meeting new people from all kinds of backgrounds Contact Andika at 646 9ANDIKA www TriColorMedia com Twitter Andiqa Archives March 2016 January 2016 December 2015 October 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 August 2014 June 2014 May 2014 January 2014 September 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 Categories Announcements Awards Editing life Editing screenwriting Editing books resources Editing practices Editor s role Fun games History research Jobs Joy goes to the movies Joy views your film Marketing budgeting Sound music editing Technical process Television Uncategorized User groups meetings Visual FX editing Your cutting room view Previous Cutting Room Views Sandip Mahal London UK working on a playout for the executives Sandip writes The person in the monitor s story is being trapped and isolated from civilisation i can relate Latest project i am about to embark on a totally independent crazy shooting spree filming myself and my friend as we hit all the open mic venues and create an improvisational story based on two guys who beg borrow and steal stage time Contact Sandip via his website at www zeroheadroom com Susan B Ades Editor NY NY

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    the music 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

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    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 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 process Visual FX editing It s a Rough Cut Life June 22nd 2015 No comments One of the great parts of blogging is hearing from readers When the reader has created a video like Matt Orfalea who sent a bouncy spot on comic short Rough Cut the joy is tripled Watch it and relate all you editors and producers Matt s Story How Matt got started creating videos is a wonderful story itself I m handing the invisible mouse over to Matt to tell it in his own words Stay tuned for the punchline Matt When I was in high school a teacher came to me asking if I wanted to edit his documentary about our school s community service I was stuck in boarding school on crutches at the time so I wasn t able to do much else He gave me a quick intro to iMovie and lent me his laptop and camera amazing right I soon found myself in study hall having fun That had never happened before The documentary was screened in front of the whole school Everybody seemed to love it and cheered Except for the headmaster Because my doc made fun of our school s community service effort and the fact that although the headmaster required all students to fulfill community service hours he had not contributed a single community service hour himself The priest who had approved the screening told me afterwards that he almost got fired for it Yep My very first film almost got a priest fired That was my introduction to the power of cinema Where is Matt Today Again in his words After graduating from Santa Fe University of Art Design I moved to LA to work in postproduction All those editing gigs were the inspiration for Rough Cut I still do freelance work and many many rough cuts I ve been making YouTube videos for years now and have managed to gather a small following The ultimate goal would be to just focus on that Of course making a sustainable career out of YouTube is a total long shot So I figure if YouTube doesn t work out I can always be a rapper Check out his videos on YouTube Sherry Green Editing practices Editor s role Fun games History research Technical process Visual FX editing At Last a Modern Book on the History of Editing April 6th 2015 No comments A good book like a well edited film just flows along and carries you in its merrily rolling stream Such is the case with Twilight for the Gods written by Jack Tucker ACE He has created the most up to date thorough readable history on editing that I ve encountered He packs its 116 pages with facts and concepts and works in anecdotes and true tales from the editing room that like any good cut push the story along and make it zing In my October 13 2011 post I opined that A good history of editing has yet to be written Tucker has now done that from the viewpoint of a Hollywood editor I crossed paths with Jack twelve years ago when I was teaching Final Cut Pro and writing my first book on editing He kindly opened his garage where a KEM resided and patiently posed for photos for the first edition of Cut by Cut Editing Your Film or Video Then he met me and my photog at a now defunct film lab where he had a film cutting room and taught students about film In addition Jack exuberantly blurbed both editions of Cut by Cut Finally

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