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FILM EDITING Cutters’ Way by Graham Daseler









“The basic rules of film editing, first established in the silent era, still govern the industry today: maintain your eye lines, preserve continuity, respect planarity (the rules governing the transposition of three dimensions onto a two-dimensional plane), find a good rhythm, and, most important, always advance the story.”



Cutters’ Way – The Mysterious Art of Film Editing


A post by Graham Daseler


Bright Light Film Journal


November 2012 | Issue 78





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FILM EDITING classic Holywood style









The first frame, unedited, would be called a “Sequence shot”-This is one long recording of time in a wide shot of the entire scene. This recording would be considered more “realistic” because the footage would not be cut and the audience would have to make the interpretations themselves as to who is them most important person in the frame. The final edit would not be nuanced and intrusive with the relationships between actors.
The second frame shows the editor’s options if they were to a apply a Classical Hollywood Style to the edit . This style involves cutting that reflects the psychological cause and effect relationship of connected shots. By using continuity techniques like the 180 rule, eye line match and axis matches, an editor can choose what face to show next, and in essence be telling the audience who to focus on in the communication of the emotion in the scene.


From : Advanced Editing Notes Art of Video – Capuchino High School


[This page has listings of the various parts of the course. Mainly not hypertext, with most pages coming to a dead end. Sources page pretty comprehensive]



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