On Film Editing: An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction

On Film Editing explains, in simple terms, the principles of film editing, using examples and anecdotes. Written in an informal “how-to-do-it” style, renowned director Edward Dmytyrk shares his expertise and experience in film editing in an anecdotal and philosophical way.

In On Film Editing, Dmytryk contends that many technicians and professionals on the film crew– from the cameraman and his assistants to the producer and director– must understand film editing to produce a truly polished work. In this book he explains in layman’s terms the principles of film editing, using examples and anecdotes from almost five decades in the film industry.”Editing is the creative force of filmic reality.” So Dmytryk, director of the American classic “The Caine Mutiny” begins this little book, which he hopes will aid film directors and editors in perfecting their art. It is informative for general audiences as well, demonstrating how deeply the experience of any film relies on the creativity and versatility of its editor.

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3 Comments

  1. Classic. Essential. Practical. There are a lot of great books on the more artistic and unquantifiable aspects of motion picture editing (for example, Michael Ondaatje’s Conversations with Walter Murch), but this is one of the few books to lay out the basics. Everyone who wants to edit motion pictures, whether it’s home videos using iMovie or feature films using Avid or even (especially) actually cutting film should know what this book has to teach. It’s really the only book for the novice editor worth reading. Just buy it.

  2. The best book ever written on film editing Working in film and video for over 15 years, this was the first book I read when starting my career. I have bought several copies over the years for new shooters and editors. It really is that good. 

  3. Clear and authoritative guide to the principles and practices of film editing This is one of the classic texts on the principles and practices of modern film editing. While it was written nearly thirty years ago and refers occasionally to the techniques of linear editing on actual film, its summary of the rules of good editing remains as relevant today as ever, even for filmmakers who will only ever edit video on their computers. Editing is where the film is brought to life and Dmytryk outlines in a very clear and engaging way the basic considerations that allow that…

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