The exercises

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The exercises make the book unique

Starting with examples as simple as joining pairs of shots together, through to assembling chunks of real scenes, the exercises are carefully graded in complexity. Here is a complete list of all 52.


Nigel Bradley and Paul Taylor filming 'Chocolates and Champagne'

Nigel Bradley and Paul Taylor filming ‘Chocolates and Champagne’

Ex 1 Inserting A Shot

Ex 2 Shot Names

Ex 3 Reaction Shot

Ex 4 Cutaways   Ex 5 Cutaways 2

Ex 6 Locked-Off Shots

Ex 7 Crossing The Line Examples 1-4  Ex 8 Crossing The Line

Ex 9 Screen Direction Examples

Ex 10 Repeated Action

Ex 11 Movement 1  Ex 12 Movement 2

Ex 13 Eye Contact 1 Ex 14 Eye Contact 2

Ex 15 Split Edits 1  Ex 16 Split Edits 2  Ex 17 Split Edits 3

Ex 18 Expressions 1  Ex 19 Expressions 2

Ex 20 Editing Dialogue Sounds

Ex 21 Breaths

Ex 22 Dialogue Rhythm

Ex 23 Dialogue Repair

Ex 24 Keep It Moving

Ex 25 Pauses

Ex 26 Continuity

Ex 27 Healing Sound

Ex 28 Dialogue Removal

Ex 29 Damage Limitation 1  Ex 30 Damage Limitation 2

Ex 31 Noddies

Ex 32 Shorten Time

Ex 33 Tighten Action

Ex 34 Out Wide 1  Ex 35 Out Wide   Ex 36 Out Wide 3

Ex 37 Underlaying Dialogue

Ex 38 Cutting-In 1  Ex 39 Cutting-In 2

Ex 40 Vary Shot Sizes

Ex 41 Scene Join 1  Ex 42 Scene Join   Ex 43 Scene Join 3

Ex 44 Action Seq

Ex 45 Stretching Time

Ex 46 Mixing Sound Fx

Ex 47 Editing Music 1  Ex 48 Editing Music 2

Ex 49 Dream Seqs

Ex 50 Montage 1  Ex 51 Montage 2

Ex 52 Chroma Key


The source of the exercises

Most of the exercises that accompany the book, are taken from two dramas that I wrote a couple of years back.

One is called THE PHOTOGRAPH and the other CHOCOLATES AND CHAMPAGNE.


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