Principles & Practice
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This book offers clear and detailed strategies for tackling every stage of the documentary editing process, from organizing raw footage and building select reels to fine cutting and final export. Written by a Sundance award-winning documentary editor with a dozen features to his credit and containing examples from over 100 films, this book presents a step-by-step guide for how to turn seemingly shapeless footage into focused scenes, and how to craft a structure for a documentary of any length. The book contains insights and examples from seven of America’s top documentary editors, including Geoffrey Richman, ACE (The Cove, Tiger King), Kate Amend, ACE (The Keepers, Serena), and Mary Lampson (Harlan County U.S.A.), and a companion website contains easy-to-follow video tutorials.
Written for both practitioners and enthusiasts, this book offers unique and invaluable insights into the documentary editing process.
The second edition is completely revised and updated with contemporary examples and contains a new chapter titled, "Editing the Short Documentary."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Part I 1. Planning Your Schedule 2. Organizing Your Footage 3. Everyday Work Practices Part II 4. Viewing and Digesting 5. Making and Refining Select Reels Part IIIa 6. Evidentiary Editing: Building Interview-Based Scenes 7. Verité Editing: Building Observational Scenes 8. Building Montages Part IIIb 9. Choosing and Framing Footage 10. The Fundamentals of Narrative 11. Working with Narrative 12. Working with Details 13. Working with Time Part IV 14. Feedback and Revision 15. Fine Cut to Final Cut and Beyond Part V 16. Editing the Short Documentary 17. Analysis of Two Feature Documentaries Appendix
Jacob Bricca, ACE is an award-winning documentary editor, producer, director, and teacher. His editing credits include the international theatrical hit Lost in La Mancha, the New Yorker Films theatrical release Con Artist, the 2016 Sundance Special Jury Award winner The Bad Kids and the 2020 Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominee Missing in Brooks County. He is an Associate Professor and Head of Production at the University of Arizona, where he teaches classes on editing and documentary filmmaking.