I took everything I learned during my years of working in cutting rooms and teaching digital editing systems and editing practices and theory, and put it into these two books. Check out my website www.joyoffilmediting.com where you will also find an extensive film glossary, my editing blog, and free editing resources for downloading.

Cut by Cut book cover Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video 2nd Edition illuminates today’s editorial landscape and all its processes, leading the reader step by step through the editor’s journey from receiving dailies to delivering a finished show on film, tape, file, or disk for YouTube, cinema, Blu-ray, or TV.

This 470 page nuts and bolts guidebook contains 34 tables, over 100 photos, charts, and illustrations, and a dozen DIY forms. My aim is to support editors, directors, producers and post production people – be they students, professionals, or independent filmmakers – in organizing, editing, and completing shows.
I interviewed 15 editors working in all film genres from comedy to news to music videos to reality shows. I’ve included their experiences and advice along with that of esteemed feature editors and other postproduction personnel.

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Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know book cover If you’ve ever wanted to understand how movies are put together, Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know is an easy, fun way to learn. With 600 captivating frames from recent movies, it helps you see through movies to their building blocks – the cuts – that make up their scenes and sequences. In less than 200 pages, the book holds up a looking glass to every type of cut: Smash cut, flash cut, match cut, jump cut, subliminal cut and many more. You’ll see all of them here and will readily be able to recognize them next time you watch a flick, TV show, or YouTube video.

With dynamic, eye catching frames from recent movies such as Slumdog Millionaire, Into the Wild, Knocked Up, Cars, and Babel, the book explains how each type of cut shapes the movie’s story and affects its audience. Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know demonstrates how an editor is both a magician and a story teller with the cuts s/he makes.

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