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JUMP•CUT

Book Description

In JUMP•CUT, the follow-up to the authors’ acclaimed Make the Cut, leading film/TV editors and industry veterans Lori Jane Coleman ACE and Diana Friedberg ACE offer editing techniques, insider tips and unwritten rules that contribute to making a great production. They provide both seasoned and aspiring editors with the tools needed to jump•start the next stage of their editing careers, or to break into this challenging industry. Using a mix of practical techniques and career-focused advice, JUMP•CUT covers best practices for editing dramatic motion pictures, episodic television, documentaries and reality TV, taking into account music, sound effects, and dialog. The book is rounded out by interviews with many leading Hollywood editors, including Alan Heim ACE, Michael Tronick ACE and Mary Jo Markey ACE, who share their years of experience and unique paths through the industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Part 1 So You’re an Assistant, Now What?
    1. Chapter 1 Deep Assessment
      1. 1.1 Choose Your Venue Wisely
      2. 1.2 Assess Your Current Status
      3. 1.3 Step Away from the Internet
      4. 1.4 Choose Your Editor
      5. 1.5 Tools
      6. 1.6 Finances
      7. 1.7 Summary
    2. Chapter 2 Cut. Cut. Cut.
      1. 2.1 Communicate Your Desire to Edit
      2. 2.2 Dig In
      3. 2.3 Contribute to the Editing Workload
      4. 2.4 Recognize a Safe Environment
      5. 2.5 Think Outside the Box
      6. 2.6 Learn How to Leave
      7. 2.7 Summary
  10. Part 2 Discover the Rules
    1. Chapter 3 Theory
      1. 3.1 Script Breakdowns
      2. 3.2 Architecture—The Master as the Support Beam
      3. 3.3 Eye Candy
      4. 3.4 The Director’s Breadcrumbs
      5. 3.5 Custody of the Eyes
      6. 3.6 Ten O’Clock Rule
      7. 3.7 Layering
      8. 3.8 Juggle the Characters in the Room
      9. 3.9 Cycles of Motion, Dirty Frames and Empty Frames
      10. 3.10 Actor Grooming
      11. 3.11 Headless Hands
      12. 3.12 Own Every Cut
      13. 3.13 Polish Your Cut
    2. Chapter 4 Practical Uses
      1. 4.1 Cadence—Dialog as Your Melody
      2. 4.2 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Frame Rule
      3. 4.3 Air on The ‘A’ and ‘B’ Side of the Cut
      4. 4.4 Projectile Rule—Cause and Effect
      5. 4.5 Match/Shmatch
      6. 4.6 Overmatching in the Master
      7. 4.7 Sports—Follow the Ball
      8. 4.8 Dancing—See the Feet
      9. 4.9 Montage—Juxtapose Images
      10. 4.10 Come Back to a Character in the Same Position
      11. 4.11 The Eyes Have it
      12. 4.12 Never Leave Anyone Hanging to Dry
      13. 4.13 One-Eye Rule
      14. 4.14 Meter—Pauses, Commas and Parenthetical Phrases
      15. 4.15 Pre-Lapping and Post-Lapping Sound
      16. 4.16 Band-Aids®—Consonants, Speech Blends, SFX and MX—Consonants, Speech Blends, SFX and MX
      17. 4.17 Soundscape
      18. 4.18 Music
      19. 4.19 The Art of Jump•Cuts
      20. 4.20 Making Lifts
      21. 4.21 Summary
    3. Chapter 5 Additional Skills
      1. 5.1 Transitions
      2. 5.2 Placing Chyrons and Subtitles
      3. 5.3 Placing Credits—The Main Title and Opening Credit Sequence
      4. 5.4 The Recap for an Episodic Television Show
      5. 5.5 Gag Reel
      6. 5.6 Comedy
      7. 5.7 Action
      8. 5.8 Courtroom and Monologs
      9. 5.9 Telephone Conversations
      10. 5.10 Crossing the Line
      11. 5.11 Summary
  11. Part 3 Guidelines for Editing Non-Fiction
    1. Chapter 6 Editing Scripted Documentaries
      1. 6.1 Introduction to Non-Fiction
      2. 6.2 Editing Documentaries
      3. 6.3 The Process Begins With the Script
      4. 6.4 Get Started
      5. 6.5 The Form of the Script
      6. 6.6 View the Material
      7. 6.7 Organize the Media
      8. 6.8 Create the Assembly
      9. 6.9 Make the First Cut
      10. 6.10 Editor’s Cut
      11. 6.11 Interviews
      12. 6.12 Lower Thirds and Chyrons
      13. 6.13 Stock Footage and Stills
      14. 6.14 Music and Sound Effects
      15. 6.15 Creative Tips
      16. 6.16 Complete the Cuts
      17. 6.17 Online and Mixing
    2. Chapter 7 Editing Non-Scripted Documentaries
      1. 7.1 Introduction
      2. 7.2 Where to Start
      3. 7.3 View Material
      4. 7.4 Find the Story
      5. 7.5 Make the First Cut
      6. 7.6 Develop the Cut
      7. 7.7 Collaboration With the Director
      8. 7.8 Narration
      9. 7.9 Music
      10. 7.10 Refine the Cut
      11. 7.11 Mixing
    3. Chapter 8 Capture the Action
      1. 8.1 Introduction to Reality
      2. 8.2 Find the Story
      3. 8.3 Work as a Team
      4. 8.4 Stacking and Audio Tracks
      5. 8.5 Approaches to Cutting
      6. 8.6 Conclusion
  12. Part 4 Words of Advice from Editors
    1. Chapter 9 Journeys
      1. Alan Heim
      2. Mary Jo Markey
      3. Michael Tronick
      4. Maysie Hoy
      5. William Goldenberg
      6. Paul Rubell
      7. Pam Martin
      8. Mark Helfrich
      9. Sabrina Plisco
      10. Marlise Malkames
      11. Mark Andrew
      12. Hunter Via
      13. Tyler Nelson
      14. Carsten Kurpanek
      15. Shoshanah Tanzer
  13. Afterword
  14. Glossary
  15. Index