Preface

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It all started with a blade, in dimly lit rooms with chinagraph pencils and rickety hand-driven winders. There were no dissolves, no effects, just cuts. And masterpieces were created.

Chaplin, Eisenstein, Welles, Capra, Wilder, Hitchcock — each and every one of these great directors worked with far less sophisticated equipment than you and I, and, yet, truly great films were made.

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It may have all started with a blade, yet in the modern world editing takes place on sophisticated work stations with more power than the computers used to send ...

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