Movies and Film: Film Editing

Film Editing

For many filmmakers the real art of making films is not in the photography but in the splicing together of film clips, in the editing. You can almost chart the progression of film from an early invention to its primitive stage to its "golden era" to the present moment by changes and advances in editing.

In this section, you will be exposed to the history of film editing, the major players, some of the most important editing techniques, and different ways of gauging the significance of editing in a film. We will also suggest a few films whose editing makes our final cut.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film © 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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