First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors

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University of California Press, Aug 1, 1992 - Performing Arts - 417 pages
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First Cut offers an opportunity to learn what film editing really is, and to learn from the source. Gabriella Oldham's interviews with twenty-three award-winning film editors give a full picture of the complex art and craft of editing a film. Filled with animated anecdotes and detailed examples, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of both documentary and feature film editing.
 

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The film editor is usually the forgotten ingredient in the production of a film. It is the editor who takes all the bits and snippets of film and somehow combines them into a coherent movie. By the ... Read full review

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Informative, candid interviews that generally avoid repetition. Belongs in every editor's collection. Read full review

Contents

Being an Editor
13
Becoming an Editor
29
Distilling the Documentary
41
Film as All the Arts
61
Flashback Flashforward
79
The Essential Film
101
Telling Stories
119
Sparking Life Shaping People
131
Remaining Versatile
235
Good Stuff Never Changes
253
Subliminal Truths
269
The Inner Voice
289
Drawing the Emotional Line
305
The Supreme Collaboration
323
Diplomatic Takes
341
Creating a Legacy
359

Touching the Heart
151
Maximizing the Moment
171
Percussive Editing
185
Keeping the Beat
199
Seeing the Invisible
219
Locking Up
375
Awards and Nominations
397
References
403
Index
405
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About the author (1992)

Gabriella Oldham is a freelance writer. Her books include First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors (UC Press), and Keaton’s Silent Shorts.

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