I remember when Janet Jackson used to say "Edit" in the middle of a song and the rush I had knowing that she was about to break things down a bit further in her song. I'd never heard it used in such a way before, and it definitely made it a popular term in the '90s.
The funny thing about editing is, it crosses several platforms in communication and art, and is underestimated by some non-industry professionals, for the insight, cunning, and dedication required from an editor to flesh out a book, a song or a movie.
A film is not finished without the process of editing. It's an essential process for a project, from development to completion. Which brings me to the another installment of the FilmCraft book series for "Editing".
It contains exclusive interviews with Oscar winning editors such as Bob Murawski ("The Hurt Locker", "Spiderman"). It's a must-have book for aspiring filmmakers and a cool refresher, collector's item, for professional filmmakers alike. It also has discussions with the world's most notable filmmakers who give examples of their craft and insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences.
Employing stills and screenshots to show how an editor creates a scene with the filmmaker, FilmCraft Editing, takes the reader on an exploration through the complex relationship between a director who has just shot a movie and the editor who must complete the director's vision.
FilmCraft: Editing, was an amazing experience to read and is highly recommended!
Written by Justin Chang (@JustinCChang)
Oh yeah...and while you're at it, check out another invaluable process to filmmaking, in FilmCraft: Cinematography. The look, feel and emotion of a film comes together with this process. Add some background music and it can help convey plot points, depth and even pull various elements together.
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