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July 14, 2010, 1:54 pm
As storytellers we have to be aware of the different types of story structure, and each part of every type of story. One part that all types have in common is called the "Belly of the Whale," or the part in which the main character(s) hit the lowest low in the situation at hand. This part marks the turning point in the main character’s development, and therefore it’s important that the way that it is told is exceptionally strong. One company that seems to consistently nail it by making the Belly of the Whale unique, touching, and still able to have a little bit of humour in it, is Pixar (my dream employer).
June 8, 2010, 9:58 pm
This is a group dedicated mainly for the art and philosophies of Film/Video Editing. Many people see it as a mechanical process needed to get a final movie but fail to see the real power generated by a simple cut.
June 8, 2010, 9:34 pm
Murch has been a beacon of pride for editors as he raises the standards of film editing. His first, and only book, In the Blink of an Eye is a great examination of how Murch edits and the techniques that he uses to determine a cut. His extensive knowledge of various topics helps to influence his cuts from science to music. After reading you'll look outside the editing room for ideas in editing.
June 8, 2010, 9:33 pm
Another of Eisenstein's great documents of his ideas of film editing. Take this book and read it intensely and look for some great ideas.
June 8, 2010, 9:32 pm
A must for film editing book shelves everywhere. Is this the editor's bible? If not its close. Its a tough, read but the ideas have the ability to change the way you think about editing. Don't brush Eisenstein off as just montage, to truly understand montage you need to hear it from Eisenstein's mouth. Upon reading this book you'll see more than just the traditional Hollywood Montage we see so often today.
June 8, 2010, 9:31 pm
This book made the list due to its authors dedication to documenting his teacher, Eisenstein's, techniques, methodologies and philosophies. Although, the book heavily favours directors, it has great insight into film editing ideas. After reading it you'll feel the urge to "look closer"and to influence the audience in a new way.
May 6, 2010, 12:16 pm
The number one thing that I get asked by my readers is "do you have any suggestions for newbie editors?" Well, yes I have many, but my most important suggestion is to read up on your theory. In my relatively short experience in the professional industry I’ve encountered many students and other indie filmmakers who know how to use the tools, but can’t figure out why their films don’t compete well with the same types of films out there using the same tools. I’ve found that most of what those generic film schools/polytechnics lack is a solid theory foundation in its curriculum. It’s one thing to know the tools (Final Cut, Avid, etc); anyone can learn to use the blade tool to cut a scene. But it’s a whole other (much more important) thing to know what to do with them. What will help to make you stand out among the thousands of other "editors" who just bought/downloaded software and learned how to use it? Knowing why you make the cuts you make.
March 22, 2010, 12:20 pm
"Modern movies may be more engrossing-we get "lost" in them more readily-because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind." James Cutting, Jordan DeLong and Christine Nothelfer from their paper on human attention span and film.
Gordon sits down with Lee Percy to discuss editing The Mountain Between Us.
Lisa and Gordon discuss her career and approach to editing. ACE will have Lisa as part of their panels at the upcoming Edit ...
Sebastián Sepúlveda joins Gordon to discuss the editing of the film Jackie. They explore how structuring a real ...
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