The knowledge and views which have gone into the following pages are those of the British Film Academy
committee which was formed to write this book. Individual members made specifi c contributions as fol-
lows: Reginald Beck on the early stages of planning; Roy Boulting on Chapter 2, and the passage from
Brighton Rock ; Sidney Cole on the historical and theoretical chapters and the section on comedy; Jack Harris
on action sequences and the excerpts from Great Expectations and Once a Jolly Swagman ; Robert Hamer on
the historical material; David Lean on dialogue sequences and the excerpts from Great Expectations and The
Passionate Friends ; Ernest Lindgren on the historical and theoretical sections (he also gave permission to base
much of the theoretical discussion on arguments put forward in his book The Art of the Film and to use many
of his defi nitions in the Glossary); Harry Miller on sound editing and the passage from Odd Man Out ; Basil
Wright on all the documentary chapters and the excerpts from Night Mail, Diary for Timothy and Song of
Ceylon ; Thorold Dickinson, as chairman, on every phase of the writing.
Others who helped the committee were: Geoffrey Foot who contributed the analysis of the passage from
The Passionate Friends and gave much patient advice on the complexities of cutting-room procedure; R. K.
Neilson Baxter who supervised the chapter on instructional fi lms; G. T. Cummins and N. Roper who sup-
plied the information on newsreels; Jack Howells and Peter Baylis who spent much time with me on the
excerpts from The Peaceful Years and made written contributions; Paul Rotha who advised on The World Is
Rich ; Wolfgang Wilhelm who advised on dialogue scripting; J. B. Holmes who gave an account of his work
on Merchant Seamen ; and R. Q. McNaughton who provided the analysis and break-down of the passages from
Merchant Seamen and Night Mail .
From the U.S.A. we received the advice of Viola Lawrence on Lady from Shanghai and James Newcom on
Topper Returns . Helen van Dongen’s long contributions about the editing of Louisiana Story are printed in full:
to her we owe perhaps the greatest individual debt.
Dr . Rachael Low gave freely of her time and knowledge of fi lm history in discussion and Julia Coppard gave
invaluable help in the preparation of the manuscript. Dr. Roger Manvell of the British Film Academy and
A. Kraszna-Krausz provided sympathetic help and patience.

Get Technique of Film Editing, Reissue of 2nd Edition, 2nd Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.