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The Technique of Film and Video Editing


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Introduction to the Sixth Edition

Section 1: History of Film Editing

1. The Silent Period

2. The Early Sound Film

3. The Influence of the Documentary

4. The Influence of the Popular Arts

5. The Influence of Other Media

6. Editors Who Became Directors

7. Experiments in Editing I: Alfred Hitchcock

8. Experiments in Editing II

9. New Techniques

10. International Advances

11. The Influence of Television and Theatre

12. New Challenges to Filmic Narrative Conventions

13. The MTV Influence on Editing I

14. The MTV Influence on Editing II

15. Changes of Pace

16. Appropriation of Style I

17. Appropriation of Style II

18. Appropriation of Style III Section 2: Goals of Editing 19. Editing for Narrative Clarity 20. Editing for Dramatic Emphasis 21. Editing for Subtext 22. Editing for Aesthetics Section 3: Editing for the Genre 23. Action 24. Dialog 25. Comedy 26. Editing for Surprise 27. Documentary 28. Imaginative Documentary 29. Innovations in Documentary I 30. Innovations in Documentary II 31. Innovations in Documentary III: The Experimental Documentary Section 4: Principles of Editing 32. The Picture Edit and Continuity 33. The Picture Edit and Pace 34. Ideas and Sound 35. The Sound Edit and Clarity 36. The Sound Edit and Creative Sound 37. Innovations of Sound 38. Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology I 39. Nonlinear Editing and Digital Technology II 40. Conclusion Filmography Glossary Index

About the Author

Ken Dancyger is a Professor of Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as the author of numerous books on screenwriting, editing, and production, including Alternative Scriptwriting (with Jeff Rush) and Writing the Short Film (with Patricia Cooper), The Director's Idea and Global Scriptwriting, all published by Routledge/Focal Press. Ken also conducts scriptwriting and editing workshops internationally.


"Ken Dancyger continues to update and improve this latest edition for what is already the 'gold standard' of books on editing. He knows good storytelling and how editing is integral to the process. He places this in historical context with theory and practice. If you are a student of editing, you should read this book."

-Scott Arundale, Editor; Author of Modern Post: Workflows and Techniques of Digital Filmmakers "Ken's additions to his book show all of us who love and study the craft of editing, a real understanding of the importance and stimulating impact editing has in helping tell a story, create mood, and shape characters." -Samuel D. Pollard, Academy Award Nominee, Emmy Award-winning Editor, Eyes on the Prize (1990), 4 Little Girls (1997), When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006), ACORN and the Firestorm (2017) "From D.W. Griffith to MTV, from silent movies to action films, Dancyger explores not only history, techniques, and the social aspects of film and video, but he also looks at how technology has affected film and video making and editing. This isn't a quick read, but definitely worthwhile if you want to gain an understanding of what it takes to be an excellent director and editor." -Theano Nikitas, Camcorder & Computer Video "Dancyger's book is an excellent introduction to the art of manipulating moving pictures and sound for students, amateurs, hobbyists and professionals alike."

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