As a video editor, you have a unique perspective on storytelling and the power of visual media. However, it’s important to never stop learning and expanding your skill set. One way to do this is through reading books that delve into the art and technique of filmmaking. Books can provide fresh perspectives, new ideas, and innovative approaches to your work. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, there’s always something new to discover in the pages of a good book. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best books for video editors. These books cover a range of topics, from technical guides to creative inspiration, and will help you take your work to the next level. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and get ready to dive into some truly incredible reads that will inspire and elevate your video editing game.
In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing
“In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch explores the art of film editing, delving into the practical considerations and aesthetic choices involved in cutting film. The second edition of the book features a complete revision of Murch’s musings on digital editing in response to recent technological advancements.
Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing
“Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit” by Karen Pearlman offers a unique examination of the creative decision-making process of film editing, focusing on the rhythmic creativity and intuition involved in shaping films. This fully revised and updated edition includes new chapters on collaboration and editing thinking, tips on audience engagement, and a companion website with video examples to further illustrate the book’s principles.
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
“The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film” is a revealing look into the worlds of film and literature, offering insights into the craft of editing, writing, music and sound, and the making of some of the most influential movies of the last thirty years. Based on the two-year conversation between Michael Ondaatje and master film editor Walter Murch, this book is a must-read for anyone passionate about film and storytelling.
The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice
“The Technique of Film and Video Editing,” by Ken Dancyger provides a comprehensive guide to the artistic and aesthetic principles of picture and sound editing, exploring a range of genres including action, comedy, drama, and documentary. With new chapters on the influence of other media and the importance of surprise in editing, expanded coverage of technology, creative sound, and the long take, and case studies of contemporary and classic films, this book is an essential resource for aspiring and professional editors alike.
A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away
“A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away” provides an intimate look into the life and work of Paul Hirsch, the Oscar-winning film editor. From the making of Star Wars to Taylor Hackford’s Ray, Hirsch offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on some of the most influential films of the last 50 years, breaking down his work movie by movie and providing insight into casting, directing, and scoring while offering intimate portraits of directors, producers, composers, and stars.
Art of the Cut: Conversations with Film and TV Editors
“Art of the Cut” provides an in-depth look into the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing through a virtual roundtable discussion with over 50 of the world’s top editors. The book covers a range of topics, including rhythm, pacing, structure, storytelling and collaboration, and includes a glossary of editing terminology and in-depth interviews with influential editors like Margaret Sixel and Tom Cross.
Cut to the Monkey: A Hollywood Editor’s Behind-the-Scenes Secrets to Making Hit Comedies
“Cut to the Monkey” shares the techniques for finding humor in projects through anecdotes and experiences in film and television. It includes tips on editing comedy, contributions from big names in the industry, and inspiring stories of overcoming challenges in the field.
From Footage to Film: Intimate Insights on Film Editing
In “Footage to Film”, veteran film editor Arik Leibovich shares his personal and professional insights on the crucial role of editing in modern cinema. He provides humor, anecdotes, and guidance on the transformation of raw footage into film, describing what it feels like to sit as the director’s co-pilot.
There is no shortage of books for video editors that can help them develop their skills and understanding of the craft. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a comprehensive guide to editing or an experienced professional searching for new techniques, there’s a book out there for you. From “In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch to “Art of the Cut” by Steve Hullfish, these resources offer valuable insights and advice from industry experts. So, whether you’re looking to improve your craft or gain a deeper appreciation for the art of film and television editing, be sure to add these books to your collection.