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Monday, January 25, 2010

Film Editing - Book Review

Released October 2009

Page count: 195 pages

Size: 11” x 7”

Film Editing

(Text) By Gael Chandler

Published By Michael Wiese Productions


- This review is in a series running this week and next, leading up to the Oscar nominations on Feb. 2nd. The series includes a profile of 8 books relating to past and present films, as well as the filmmaking process. Check out these titles to get a better understanding of what goes into the art of film.


Film Editing Book Review By Erin V.

Reading this book right before watching a movie might make you slightly more heightened to the editing, but when editing is done really well in a good movie, the film should hook you in regardless. Although some books close to 200 pages on one subject can be hard to read from cover to cover, this one is fascinating and the way that the information is presented (visually), gives you a perfect glimpse into the world of film editing.

Reading this book has certainly given me loads of new information and a real sense of appreciation for what editors do. This awards season, I will certainly be watching where the awards are going to in the editing sector, and have a better understanding of why.

I love the way that so many things that we take for granted in filmmaking are so intricately planned. Like it says in the book at one point, editing with it’s rhythms, is like music. It has to have the right balance of rhythm, pace, and sequence. And when done right, we can enjoy it without even realizing all of the parts are put together so perfectly to make the whole. And that’s wherein lies the secret beauty of film editing.


To find out more about Film Editing, or other books, visit Michael Wiese Productions’ website here.

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