Digital Compositing for Film and Video
High on the reading list of top digital effects facilities such as ILM, and used as a textbook in colleges and training institutes as well, Digital Compositing for Film and Video addresses real-world problems of digital compositing with an elegant blend of theory and practical production methods. Softcover, 490 pp. $65.95.
Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know
Composing shots with your camera is one thing; making dynamic and coherent cuts is another thing altogether. This excellent book is your 'must have' cheat sheet for making the cuts editors use to create memorable movies. Fantastic for filmmakers, students, moviegoers, or anyone who wants to discover how cuts affect the viewer and the movie's story. Softcover, 193 pp. $37.95.
Master the Avid and at the same time improve your overall editing technique and workflow. Through step-by-step instruction for hundreds of editing tasks and concepts with the Avid software, this book addresses general editing techniques, principles, and pitfalls, while also guiding you through the ins and outs of the Avid editing systems. Although the focus is on Media Composer, coverage spans all Avid systems including Avid Xpress Pro HD, Xpress Pro, and Xpress DV. Softcover, 378 pp. $59.95.
Grammar of the Edit
Roy Thompson & Christopher J. Bowen
This book takes you from the basic vocabulary of editing, to knowing when to cut (and why), to transitions, and finally to good working practices. Designed as an user-friendly reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Edit is a staple of any filmmaker's library. Softcover, 212 pp. $23.95.
Color Correction for Video
Steve Hullfish & Jaime Fowler
Colour has the power to propel your story along and deliver critical emotional cues to the viewer. This book teaches you how harness the power of colour correction -- no matter what NLE or plug-in you use -- and add impact to your film or video. Detailed tutorials and clear explanations demystify the vagaries of colour correction throughout this indispensible book. Softcover, 279 pp. $59.95.
Fix it in Post: Solutions for Postproduction Problems
Fix it in Post provides an array of concise solutions to the wide variety of problems encountered in the post process. With an application-agnostic approach, it gives proven, step-by-step methods to solving the most frequent postproduction problems. Also included is access to a free companion website, featuring application-specific resolutions to the problems presented, with fixes for working in Apple's Final Cut Studio suite, Avid's Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as other applications. Softcover, 236 pp. $47.95.
The Technique of Film Editing
Karel Reisz & Gavin Miller
This perennial classic is more than a conventional textbook. It bases its arguments on practical examples -- excerpts from famous films analyzed by, or with the help of, the makers. It avoids hard-and-fast rules but states the problems as they arrive in practice and proceeds from there. The Technique of Film Editing is an absolute must-read for filmmakers, no matter what your post-production platform or workflow. Softcover, 345 pp. $59.95.
As apprenticeships in the industry have largely disappeared, aspiring shooters and film students have had to seek alternative sources for training and guidance. In Video Shooter, you will find a master teacher offering perceptive lessons with a healthy dose of inspiration; these pages are as close to a living and breathing mentor as you can get in a printed form. Softcover, 286 pp. $53.95.
Introduction to Media Production
Robert B. Musburger & Gorham Kindem
This book provides aspiring media producers with a comprehensive guide to production, helping you to understand the entire process of media creativity, beginning with the conception of an idea and audience considerations, through the preproduction, production, and postproduction processes, and finally to distribution. Softcover, 509 pp. $59.95.
Technique of Film and Video Editing
The Technique of Film & Video Editing contains the best
training for aspiring directors and editors, providing a detailed, precise look
at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture
and sound. A comprehensive history of editing is accomplished through analyses
of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos. This
book puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against
a background of theory, history and practice. Softcover, 484 pp. $48.95.
The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking
Written by the matchmove supervisor at a leading effects studio, this
book is much more than a technical primer. It helps you think like
a pro so that you find the right solutions for your matchmoves,
no matter how tricky. You'll also find coverage of tasks that commonly
go hand-in-hand with matchmoves. Softcover, 273 pp. $69.95.
Cuts: The Art of European Film Editing
Roger Crittenden reveals the experiences of many of the greatest living
European film editors through his warm and perceptive interviews
which offer a unique insight into the art of editing -- direct from
Softcover, 400 pp. $48.95.
Cut: Conversations with Film Editors
First Cut allows readers to learn what film editing really is, and to learn
from the source. Gabriella Oldham's interviews with 23 award-winning
film editors give a complete picture of the complex art and craft
of editing a film. Filled with animated anecdotes and detailed examples,
first book to provide a comprehensive treatment of both documentary
and feature film editing.
Softcover, 415 pp. $28.95.
Editing is fundamental to the art of filmmaking. Edward Dmytryk's classic
treatise On Film Editing is full of practical advice and creative
ideas to help stimulate the minds of any burgeoning filmmaker.
Directors and editors,
in particular, will benefit from Dmytryk's lifetime worth of experience,
distilled, as it is here, into one lucidly written book. The principles
of film editing are explained in clear and concise language, using
examples from well-known works.
Softcover, 148 pp. $52.95.
By Cut: Editing Your Film or Video
This authoritative guide is a complete examination of both the techniques
and principles of film and video editing. No matter what platform
you use to edit, or what skill level you are at, this book will help
to become a better editor. With 50 information-packed tables and
forms, over 100 original illustrations and photos, and an up-to-date
and resource guide, Cut By Cut is indispensable.
Softcover, 375 pp. $49.95.
Roy Perkins & Martin Stollery
The contributions of film editors have long been overlooked or simply not understood.
In British Film Editors, the craftmen and craftswomen convey, in their
own words, the nature of their elusive art. By focusing exclusively on film editing,
this book offers an alternative history of cinema, both highly readable and thoroughly
fascinating. Softcover, 248 pp. $41.95.
Eye is Quicker: Film Editing -- Making a Film Better
Richard D. Pepperman
The principles, methods, and strategies vital to the creative art
of film editing
are de-mystified in this illuminating and practical "how-to" guide.
Richard D. Pepperman's vibrant approach, supplemented by a multitude of carefully
chosen illustrations, will be of much interest to editors, directors, screenwriters,
as welle as anyone who wants to better understand the elusive craft of film editing.
Softcover, 249 pp. $41.95.
Film Editing: The Art of the Expressive
Those curious about the expressive power of film editing will
find much of interest
in this fascinating book. Scorsese's Raging Bull, Hitchcock's Rear
and Godard's A Bout de Souffle are each closely scrutinized with an aim
towards explaining how each film raises editing from the level of mere technique
to that of art. A lucid and informative introduction to the subject. Softcover,
138 pp. $29.95.
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
"The Conversations should be required reading for every aspiring writer
-- and anyone else involved in learning to shape a work of art." Devin Crawley,
Quill and Quire.
The Conversations is filled with stories about how some of the most important
movies of the last thirty years were made and about the people who brought them to
the screen. It traces the artistic growth of Murch, as well as his friends and contemporaries
-- including directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Fred Zinneman
and Anthony Minghella -- from the creation of the independent, anti-Hollywood Zoetrope
by a handful of brilliant, bearded young men to the recent triumph of Apocalypse
Now Redux. Among the films Murch has worked on are American Graffiti,
The Conversation, the re-release of A Touch of Evil, Julia,
Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (all three), The Talented Mr. Ripley,
and The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje is the award-winning author of numerous
books, including In the Skin of the Lion, The
English Patient, and Anil's Ghost.
"Ondaatje has always written like a filmmaker -- by composing scenes,
then later knitting them together in the editing stage. For Ondaatje, editing
can be as
creative as the first impulse to get something down on paper or film.
And Murch, too, makes it clear he can have just as much input to the finished
film as the director,
if not more; he's dealing with imagery patterns, and attempts to
express the deep structures of a created work. Both are kindred spirits
who share their delight in
the artistic process, and the fact that tearing a work of art apart
frequently makes it better." Quill & Quire.
In the Blink of an Eye: Second Edition
A vivid, multifaceted, thought provoking essay on
film editing. Murch treats the reader to a marvelous ride through
the aesthetics and practical concerns
of cutting film. Softcover, $22.50.
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