FilmSkills: Editing


Emmy-winning television and film editors take you inside the process and psychology of film editing.  Learn how to properly shoot your footage on set to maximize your options in the editing room, when to cut from one shot to the next, how to choose your shot selection, how to work with the editor, and how to create the most emotion in each scene. FilmSkills: Editing takes you step-by step through the editing process itself from developing a workflow and managing your data through the assembly cut, rough cut, fine cut, online process, and color grading. Learn how to conduct test screenings, manage feedback from producers, and deliver a final product that meets both technical demands as well as the director’s vision.

  • Series: Behind the Screen
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517073588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517073589


On set, the director shoots thousands of individual shots – and individually, they might not amount to much, but when assembled in just the right order, they can become so powerful, they can move the hearts and minds of the audience.  This magic happens in the editing room, and understand the psychology and technique of editing is key to bring the bests out of your footage.

In FilmSkills: Editing, you will learn sophisticated techniques for editing your movie, beginning with hiring the right editor. You will learn what to look for, and how to finesse the editor/director relationship to ensure clear communication throughout the post-production process.  We will then teach you the entire editing work flow beginning with how to manage you footage on set, organize your data, and ensure the entire team is streamlined.  We will then take you through the editing process step-by-step from the assembly cut, through the rough cut, and finally to the fine cut, giving you hundreds of techniques to get the best story out of your footage.  In the next chapter, you will learn about the psychology of the edit – how, when, and where to place an edit point.  We will then drill deep into the editing process and show you Hollywood techniques for editing a dialogue scene, and how to best cut action.  You will learn how to color grade and online your footage, learn to use stock footage, and learn how to conduct a test screening and manage feedback from investors and producers.

FilmSkills: Editing covers:

  • The Art of Editing
  • Shooting for the Edit
  • Data and Media Management
  • Post-Production Workflows
  • Work with an Editor
  • The Assembly Cut
  • Build an Editing System
  • The Rough Cut
  • Test Screenings
  • Stock Footage
  • Editing Dialogue
  • How to Edit Action
  • Edit Types
  • Compression Techniques
  • Online/Offline Editing
  • Color Timing
  • Titles and Graphics
  • Digital Effects

Written from the experiences of a talented director, this book should be in the libraries of every production studio, film school and videography program in the U.S.

Janice Clemmens