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Grammar of the Edit

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Title: Grammar of the Edit
Author: Bowen, Christopher J.
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Tell more effective visual stories by learning the "grammar" of cinematic language with this elegant, accessible reference. Discover what you absolutely need to know to cut your own film or video, shot by shot. Whether you're a whiz with Avid or just discovered iMovie, the third edition of Grammar of the Edit gives you the answers to those all-important questions: WHEN to cut and WHY. Designed as an easy-to-use guide, the book presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating the key concepts, and is a staple of any serious editor's or filmmaker’s library.

The companion website,, offers further instruction with video examples of different editing choices, types of shot transitions, photographs to further illustrate concepts, and exercises to practice your editing craft.

New to this edition:
* Expanded discussions of the building blocks of editing
* Fresh illustrations and visual examples
* Updated appendices with helpful resources
* Exercises and projects to help you practice your skills
* End-of-chapter quizzes to test your grasp of key concepts

A simple and clear overview of the principles of editing, Grammar of the Edit, Third Edition will help you to think and "feel" like an editor. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Shot, these books are exactly what the beginning filmmaker needs to start producing professional quality material today!

Christopher J. Bowen has worked within the motion media industries for over 15 years as a cinematographer, editor, director, and educator. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of film production and visual media writing at Framingham State University. Professor Bowen is also an Avid Certified Instructor, Creative Director at his own media production company, Fellsway Creatives, and author of the companion text, Grammar of the Shot, Third Edition.

Roy Thompson (deceased) was a freelance director and frequently worked as a trainer for the Television Training Centre of Deutsche Welle, Berlin. He worked extensively in Europe, Africa, and Middle and Far Eastern countries. He was author of Grammar of the Shot, First Edition also published by Focal Press.

A review on of the first edition:
"This book describes in no uncertain terms what ABSOLUTELY MUST BE IN EACH AND EVERY SHOT-so that the successful filmmaker can build a story that flows smoothly. This book will help you to be artistic, but will also help you to avoid confusing your audience. A small book that is easily read in the space of an hour, the student or novice film-maker will find himself using it as a quick reference many times over. Highly recommended."


Chapter 1 Editing Basics
* A Little Editing History
* What Factors May Impact Your Editing Choices?
* The Basic Editing Transitions
* Stages of the Editing Process
* Review

Chapter 2 Understanding the Footage
* Basic Shot Types
* Shot Descriptions
* Increasing Shot Complexity
* Simple Shots
* Complex Shots
* Developing Shots
* Reviewing the Footage-Selecting the Best Shots
* What Could Make or Break a Shot?
* Focus
* Audio Quality
* Exposure and Color Temperature
* Framing and Composition
* Screen Direction
* 180 Degree Rule/Axis of Action
* 30 Degree Rule
* Matching Angles
* Matching Eye-Line
* Continuity of Action
* Continuity of Dialogue
* Performance
* Be Familiar with All the Footage
* So How Does All of This Help You?
* Review

Chapter 3 When to Cut and Why?
* What Factors Help Make a Transition a Good Edit?
* Information
* Motivation
* Shot Composition
* Camera Angle
* Continuity
* Sound
* Is there a Right or Wrong Reason for a Cut?
* Review

Chapter 4 Transitions and Edit Categories
* The Cut
* The Dissolve
* The Wipe
* The Fade
* The Five Major Categories of Edit Types
* Will I Be Quizzed on Any of This?
* Review

Chapter 5 General Practices for Editors
* Sound and Vision are Partners and Not Rivals
* A New Shot Should Contain New Information
* There Should Be a Reason for Every Edit
* Observe the Action Line
* Select the Appropriate Form of Edit
* The Better the Edit, the Less It Is Noticed
* Editing is Creating
* Review

Chapter 6 Working Practices
* Working Practices
* Review

Chapter 7 The Final Cut: Additional Editing Topics You are Bound to Encounter
* Additional Editing Terms
* Making Your Way into the World of Editing
* Digital Workflow
* The Role of an Assistant Editor
* In Conclusion
* Review


Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780240526003
Publishing status: AU Print-on-demand
Grammar of the Edit