2nd Edition

The Art and Craft of Motion Picture Editing

By Michael Hoggan Copyright 2022
    188 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explains the broader context of what the art and craft of motion picture editing entails, framing the creative acts of editing within an overall view of the production process and requirements for effective storytelling.

    This book offers real experiences and advice from seasoned editors on the editing process, providing a detailed examination of filmmaking from the editor’s point of view and exploring how best to cultivate creative relationships with other areas of production to form the final personality of the film. Emphasizing both practicality and creativity, industry veteran Michael Hoggan successfully bridges the gap between the mechanical skills of editing and the thought process behind these decisions. While most books focus primarily on the mind of the creator, this book explores the evolution of practices in film production and editing with respect to the ever-changing expectations of the audience. As the book demonstrates, understanding editing from the audience’s perspective is essential to any successful film.

    This book will be of interest to post-production students, independent filmmakers, film critics, and agents with editing clients.

    It is accompanied by a collection of rich digital materials, including a glossary, bibliography, and more.

    1. Snapshot of the Invisible Artist 2. Motion Picture Editor and the Story (the Script) 3. The Motion Picture Editor / Director Partnership 4. The Motion Picture Editor and the Actor’s Performance 5. The Motion Picture Editor and Cinematographer 6. Overview of the Editing Process 7. Narratives Editing: Principles and Techniques - Film Editing "Rules" 8. Forming the "Editor’s Cut," Its Creative Opportunities 9. The Motion Picture Editor and Sound Design 10. The Motion Picture Editor and the Audience Appendix: Film Production’s Historical Timeline About the Author


    Michael Hoggan is the former President of the American Cinema Editors and currently a professor of film production and editing at California State University, Northridge. He has an extensive body of professional work from more than three decades as an editor, writer, producer, and director. He has received ACE Eddie and Emmy nominations, including Best Editing for Miami Vice and Homefront.