The book

Chapters 1-6Chapters 7-12Chapters 13-18

1.13227 pages split into 18 chapters, the book covers a huge range of topics…

What’s editing all about

Types of shots

Joining shots together, scene construction

Joining scenes together and transitions

Dealing with dialogue, editing dialogue

Dealing with different programme genres and styles

Sound, sound effects, sound editing

Music, music editing, music in the movies

Video effects, graphics, stylised scenes

Editorial responsibility and copyright issues

Project management, personal management, creating a showreel CV

…complete with 52 hands-on editing exercises and a down to earth approach, that caters for all ranges of ability from beginner to professional


Chapter headings in more detail…

Chapter 1  What is this all about?

1.1 A Brief Introduction. 1.2 Do You Really Want To Be An Editor? 1.3 Why You Might Just Listen To Me. 1.4 My Background. 1.5 How to Use This Book and its Data. 1.6 Let’s Get Limbered Up – Material for The Exercises. 1.7 How to Join this Happy Band.

Chapter 2  Shots, Our Building Blocks

2.1 Shot Sizes. 2.2 How the Shot Moves. 2.3 What the Shot Does. 2.4 Special Shots.

Chapter 3  Joining Shots Together

3.1 The Mechanics. 3.2 Joining Shots Together, the Don’ts. 3.3 Key Points – Joining Shots Together…the Don’ts. 3.4 Joining Shots Together, the Do’s. 3.5 Key Points – Joining Shots Together…the Do’s.

Chapter 4  Dealing With Dialogue

4.1 Fundamentals of Editing Speech. 4.2 Rhythm of the Spoken Word. 4.3 Editing Dialogue. 4.4 Key Points – Dealing With Dialogue.

Chapter 5  Creating Sequences

5.1 Pace and Timing. 5.2 Eliminating Unnecessary Pauses. 5.3 Continuity. 5.4 Cutaways. 5.5 Flow. 5.6 Time Jumps. 5.7 Editing Without dialogue. 5.8 Key Points – Creating Sequences.

Chapter 6  Scene Construction

6.1 Where To Start? 6.2 Scene Assembly Fundamentals. 6.3 Key Points – Scene Construction.

Chapter 7  Joining Scenes Together

7.1 Scene Transitions – A Look at the Range of Possibilities. 7.2 Repeated Transitions (Cross-Cutting or Parallel Action). 7.3 Key Points – Joining Scenes Together.

Chapter 8  Different Programme Styles

8.1 Comedy Shows. 8.2 Panel and Game Shows. 8.3 Interviews and Chat Shows. 8.4 Documentaries. 8.5 Trailers and Promotions.

Chapter 9  Sound Matters

9.1 Get the Room Right First. 9.2 Sound Levels. 9.3 Sound Monitoring. 9.4 Split Tracks. 9.5 Wild Tracks. 9.6 Sound Effects. 9.7 Sound Mixing. 9.8 Sub-Frame Editing. 9.9 Sound Processing. 9.10 More Specialised Sound Processing. 9.11 Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR). 9.12 Foley Sound Effects. 9.13 Key Points – Sound Matters.

• Chapter 10  Music, Music, Music

10.1 An Introduction to Music in the Movies. 10.2 A Brief History of Music in the Movies. 10.3 Back to Practicalities. 10.4 A Spoonful of Music Theory. 10.5 Key Points – Music, Music, Music.

Chapter 11  Scenes of Style

11.1 Flashbacks. 11.2 Flashbacks – Examples. 11.3 Dreams and Nightmares. 11.4 Dream and Nightmare – Examples. 11.5 Action Sequences. 11.6 Action Sequence – Examples. 11.7 Montage, With and Without Music. 11.8 Montage – Examples. 11.9•  Reconstructions. 11.10 Some Exercises for You to Try.

Chapter 12  Video Manipulation

12.1 Motion Effects. 12.2 Keying. 12.3 Types of Key, Luminance, Chroma and Matte. 12.4 Graphics. 12.5 Multiple Images. 12.6 Multi-layer Video Sticking Plaster. 12.7 Colour Correction. 12.8 Effects, Those You Should Carry With You. 12.9 Key Points – Video Manipulation.

Chapter 13  Editorial Responsibility

13.1 Editorial Responsibility – An Introduction. 13.2 Taste and Decency. 13.3 The Range of Compliance Categories. 13.4 Other Compliance Issues. 13.5 A Look at Copyright. 13.6 Key Points – Editorial Responsibility.

Chapter 14  Timescales

Chapter 15  Projects – Crossing ‘I’s and Dotting ‘T’s

15.1 Bin Management. 15.2 Media Management. 15.3 Timeline Management. 15.4 Your Assistant and You. 15.5 Capturing Multi-Camera Material. 15.6 Label Clips Sensibly. 15.7 Keeping a Copy. 15.8 Clock Information. 15.9 Top and Tails, Titles and Clean Elements. 15.10 Scripts. 15.11 Panning and Scanning. 15.12 Offline and Online. 15.13 Tapeless. 15.14 Key Points – Projects – Crossing ‘I’s and Dotting ‘T’s

Chapter 16  The Final Days

16.1 Handover. 16.2 Elements that are Worth Keeping.

Chapter 17  My Last Bits of Advice

17.1 The Day-to-Day Use of the Edit Suite. 17.2 Is that All Right? 17.3 You’re the Host. 17.4 Attitude. 17.5 CVs.

Chapter 18  In Conclusion


With luck, the combination of text explanations and practical editing exercises, will take all of you, whether you’re an absolute beginner, keen amateur or just starting your career in the business, through to a level of professionalism that will impress any future client or employer.


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