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The Editor's Toolkit
A Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Film and TV Editing

ISBN 9781138903371
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
266 Pages 179 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The Editor's Toolkit: A Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Film and TV Editing is a tutorial-based introduction to the craft of editing. Today's process of media editing is fast and competitive, making this guide a necessity for anyone looking to break into the business. Here, Chris Wadsworth provides 52 media-based examples for you to put together, with the benefit of seeing what he did with those same exercises, giving you essential feedback to improve your technique and learn the tricks of the trade. Accessible and to-the-point, the primer is a must-read for anyone looking to learn both the art and technique of editing.  This 4-color guide features:

  • Examples from the world of film and TV that show how even the greatest directors employ the same techniques in their productions that are mentioned in this guide
  • A look at CV’s and the right attitudes that will give you the best chance at breaking into the editing world
  • Intensive sections about the way music and sound editing can shape the entire production
  • A companion website featuring video and other media that you can edit on your own, each featuring examples of cuts and techniques discussed in the book as well as a discussion forum.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Shots; Editing Shots Together; Editing Dialogue; The Long View; Scene Construction; Joining Scenes Together; Working in Different Genres; Sound; Editing Music; Stylized Scenes; Video Manipulation; Editorial Responsibility; Timescales; Projects; The Final Days; Last Bits of Advice; In Conclusion

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Chris Wadsworth joined the BBC as a videotape engineer in the Television Recording Department at the Television Centre in London in 1976. An editor since 1980, he has worked on television programs such as Only Fools and Horses (right from the start), Blackadder (Series 2-4), Absolutely Fabulous (Series 1-3), Bottom, Yes Prime Minister, As Time Goes By, and many more. In recent years, Chris has worked on 5 series of Parkinson for ITV, and 4 series of The Green, Green Grass. He is currently working on a series called Mountain Goats for BBC Scotland.