The Invisible Cut: How Editors Make Movie Magic

The book reveals how the editor like a magician manipulates his audience by using sleight of hand and seduces them by anticipating their needs and desires. Only then can he create those invisible cuts that grab them and keep them on the edge of their seats. Part One lays out the rules, strategies and techniques as well as the evolution of editing in movie history. Part Two shows the actual work of master editors by using 248 frame grabs individual frames from thirteen famous scenes.

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  1. Great book for both film-makers and film-fans! My film is too long. First cut was over two hours, second cut I had trimmed nine minutes bringing it to 115 minutes. A few members of my “brain trust” (people who work in Hollywood and actually do this for a living) had told me to “cut it down substantially” but no one was giving me good examples of where or how. It was, simply, “cut it.” 

  2. Three-Lifetimes of Know-How Here is a perspective on film editing from an iconic legacy: If ever there was someone who signifies the heart of post-production it is Bobbie O’Steen. “The Invisible Cut: How Editors Make Movie Magic” presents (no less than) three-lifetimes of practical and creative insights that few have attained, and fewer can explain.

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