The Healthy Edit: Creative Editing Techniques for Perfecting Your Movie (Paperback)
  • The Healthy Edit: Creative Editing Techniques for Perfecting Your Movie (Paperback)

The Healthy Edit: Creative Editing Techniques for Perfecting Your Movie (Paperback)

Paperback 334 Pages / Published: 28/11/2017
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This updated and revised new edition of The Healthy Edit provides aspiring and working editors with creative editing strategies they can employ to enhance a film, while also overcoming common production problems. With decades of experience editing and film doctoring Hollywood features, author John Rosenberg reveals both the aesthetic and technical aspects of the editor's art, demonstrating tricks and techniques for nursing an ailing project back to health or enhancing a well one. Whether it's a bad performance from an actor, a hole in the story or script, a continuity or pacing issue, or a poorly-composed shot, every film or show we watch encounters challenges during production-and fixing these issues becomes the job of the editor.

Utilizing an approach comparing film editing to medicine, working editor and professor John Rosenberg offers a software-agnostic guide to best editing practices, offering solutions to everything from story and script inconsistencies to genre-specific structural issues. Accessibly written and brought fully up-to-date to embrace the predominance of file-based digital production, this second edition offers new insights into ultra-high-resolution footage, transitions, visual effects, collaboration, sound and music editing, as well as highlighting historic advances in the art form.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138233805
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 975 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


"The Healthy Edit is just what the doctor ordered! The analogy of the film editor as `doctor' is a fresh view into the complexities and vagaries of film editing. Rosenberg serves up hefty doses of ideas about structure, rhythm, pace and timing. Essential tools to diagnose and treat any `patient.' It is a perfect prescription for success!"

-Duwayne Dunham, Editor, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of The Jedi (1983), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017)

"John Rosenberg is a remarkable teacher of the art of editing. So many USC students have benefited from his knowledge and experience. I am thrilled to see him share his insights beyond our campus so that many aspiring filmmakers can benefit."

-Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean, USC School of Cinematic Arts

"John is a wonderful writer who captures the process of a master editor. With great insight into the interplay of cinematic storytelling and human psychology, he offers example after example of the challenges faced by films of every stripe and size. Using our common life experiences to illustrate why some choices work and others don't, John gets us to where the real magic happens - when the film takes on a life of its own. I highly recommend this book to students, teachers and professionals - whether editors, directors, writers, cinematographers, producers, anyone in every creative craft."

-Jason Rosenfield, ACE

"John Rosenberg's discussions of genre-in particular, his take on the always-difficult practice of comedy editing-and how to manipulate time, are just two examples of the value of this book. His experience and his ability to craft words both contribute to a wonderful book that every student of cinema can learn from."

-Norman Hollyn, Author, Speaker, Professor and Inaugural Holder, Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing, USC School of Cinematic Arts

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