328 pages | 205 B/W Illus.
Film and Video Editing Theory offers an accessible, introductory guide to the practices used to create meaning through editing. In this book, Michael Frierson synthesizes the theories of the most prominent film editors and scholars, from Herbert Zettl, Sergei Eisenstein, and Noël Burch to the work of landmark Hollywood editors like Walter Murch and Edward Dmytryk. In so doing, he maps out a set of craft principles for readers, whether one is debating if a flashback reveals too much, if a certain cut clarifies or obscures the space of a scene, or if a shot needs to be trimmed. The book is grounded in the unity of theory and practice, looking beyond technical proficiency in a specific software to explain to readers how and why certain cuts work or don’t work.
"The book includes photographs of the scenes analyzed, and best of all, a link to a website where the reader can actually view the scenes." -- Conrad J. Obregon, Vine Voice
1. Herbert Zettl, Approaches to Building Screen Space and Vectors
2. Noël Burch, PMR versus the IMR and Continuity Editing in a 5 x 3 Matrix
3. Hollywood Theorists: Edward Dmytryk and Walter Murch
4. David Bordwell, the Narrative Functions of Continuity Editing and Intensified Continuity
5. Eisenstein and Montage
6. Realism and André Bazin
7. Dream and Ritual: Andrei Tarkovsky and Maya Deren
8. Rhythmic and Graphic Editing