Grammar of the Edit, 3rd Edition

Book description

Learn the basic "grammar" of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! This book shows you in no uncertain terms (independently of software) what you absolutely need to know to edit your video production. Whether you are just learning how to edit or you need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common practices of editing to help create a coherent and meaningful story or visual presentation. This book concentrates on where and how an edit is made and teaches you how to answer the simple question: 'What do I need to do in order to make a good edit between two shots?'

Grammar of the Edit begins with an explanation of the basic rules of visual construction that will allow you to arrange your footage logically. The book takes you from the basic vocabulary of editing, to knowing when to cut (and why), to transitions, and finally to good working practices. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Edit is a staple of any filmmaker's library.

Don't miss the companion volume, Grammar of the Shot 2e, 9780240521213!

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter One - Editing Basics
    1. A Very Brief History of Film Editing
    2. What Factors may Affect Your Editing Choices?
      1. The Tools
      2. Project Type and Genre
      3. Degree of Audience Manipulation
    3. The Basic Edit Transitions
    4. Stages of the Editing Process
    5. Chapter One - Review
      1. Chapter One - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter One - Quiz Yourself
  8. Chapter Two - Understanding the Visual Material
    1. Basic Shot Types
      1. Shot Descriptions
    2. Shot Categories - Increasing Complexity of Images
      1. Simple Shots
      2. Complex Shots
      3. Developing Shots
    3. Selecting the Best Shots
      1. What Could Make or Break a Shot? Criteria for Assessment
      2. Focus
      3. Audio Quality
      4. Exposure and Color Temperature
      5. Framing and Composition
      6. Screen Direction
      7. 180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action
      8. 30 Degree Rule
      9. Matching Angles
      10. Matching Eye-line
      11. Continuity of Action
      12. Continuity of Dialogue
      13. Performance
      14. Be Familiar with All of the Footage
      15. So How Does All of This Help You?
    4. Chapter Two - Review
      1. Chapter Two - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Two - Quiz Yourself
  9. Chapter Three-When to Cut and Why
    1. What Factors Lead to Making an Edit?
      1. Information
      2. Motivation
      3. Shot Composition
      4. Camera Angle
      5. Continuity
    2. Is There a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?
    3. Chapter Three - Review
      1. Chapter Three - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Three - Quiz Yourself
  10. Chapter Four-Transitions and Edit Categories
    1. The Cut
    2. The Dissolve
    3. The Wipe
    4. The Fade
    5. The Five Major Categories of Edit Types
      1. The Action Edit
      2. The Screen Position Edit
      3. The Form Edit
      4. The Concept Edit
      5. The Combined Edit
      6. Does Everything Always Apply?
    6. Chapter Four-Review
      1. Chapter Four - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Four-Quiz Yourself
  11. Chapter Five - Editing Terms and Topics
    1. Additional Editing Terms
      1. Sync Sound and Counting Time
      2. Montage
      3. Parallel Editing
      4. Multi-camera Editing
      5. Composite Editing
      6. Rendering
      7. Chromakey
      8. Video Resolution
    2. Additional Editing Topics
      1. Sound
      2. Color Correction
      3. Importing Still Images
      4. Digital Workflow
      5. Technology vs. Creativity
    3. Chapter Five - Review
      1. Chapter Five - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Five - Quiz Yourself
  12. Chapter Six-Working Practices
    1. Chapter Six - Review
      1. Chapter Six - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Six - Quiz Yourself
  13. Chapter Seven - Key Take-Aways for New Editors
    1. Sound and Vision are Partners
    2. A New Shot Should Contain New Information
    3. There Should Be a Reason for Every Edit
    4. Pacing Has a Purpose
    5. Observe the Action Line
    6. Select the Appropriate Form of Edit
    7. The Better the Edit, the Less it is Noticed
    8. Editing is Manipulation
    9. The Role of an Assistant Editor
    10. Editing is Creating
    11. In Conclusion
    12. Chapter Seven - Review
      1. Chapter Seven - Exercises & Projects
      2. Chapter Seven - Quiz Yourself
  14. Appendix A - Helpful Resources for the New Filmmaker
  15. Appendix B - Essential Crew Positions for Motion Picture Production
  16. Appendix C - Practice Script
  17. Glossary
  18. Index

Product information

  • Title: Grammar of the Edit, 3rd Edition
  • Author(s): Christopher J. Bowen
  • Release date: March 2013
  • Publisher(s): Focal Press
  • ISBN: 9781136058615