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2nd Edition

Documentary Editing
Principles & Practice

  • Available for pre-order on April 7, 2023. Item will ship after April 28, 2023
ISBN 9780367725730
April 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
270 Pages 115 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.