Documentary Editing: Principles & Practice, 1st Edition

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ISBN 9781138675735
246 Pages - 100 B/W Illustrations

Documentary Editing offers clear and detailed strategies for tackling every stage of the documentary editing process, from organizing raw footage and building select reels to fine cutting and final export. Written by a Sundance award- winning documentary editor with a dozen features to his credit and containing examples from over 100 films, this book presents a step-by-step guide for how to turn seemingly shapeless footage into focused scenes, and how to craft a structure for a documentary of any length. The book contains insights and examples from seven of America’s top documentary editors, including Geoffrey Richman (The Cove, Sicko), Kate Amend (The Keepers, Into the Arms of Strangers), and Mary Lampson (Harlan County U.S.A.), and a companion website contains easy-to-follow video tutorials. Written for both practitioners and enthusiasts, Documentary Editing offers unique and invaluable insights into the documentary editing process.

By Jacob Bricca, ACE Routledge 246 pages | 100 B/W Illus. Paperback: 9781138675735 pub: 2017-12-18


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction: The Construction of Meaning in Documentaries Principles of Documentary Editing Your Documentary Editing Panel Part I: Setting the Stage for a Successful Edit Chapter 1: Planning Your Schedule Documentary Schedules: How Many Weeks? Chapter 2: Organizing Your Footage File Organization on Your Hard Drives Bringing The Files Into Your NLE A Clean Window on Your Footage: The Feng Shui of File Structure Documents You Will Need Chapter 3: Everyday Work Practices Work in Stages Focus The Vital Importance of Taking Breaks Duplicate and Archive: Leaving a Trail of Breadcrumbs Behind You Scraps Sequences & Alternate Shots The Director/Editor Relationship: Working Together and Working Alone Part II: Finding Patterns Chapter 4: Viewing and Digesting Chapter 5: Making Select Reels Creating Source-Based Select Reels Creating Topic-Based Select Reels Chapter 6: Refining Select Reels Drawing Initial Conclusions About Your Narrative From Your Select Reels A Fork in the Road Part IIIa: Constructing and Refining Scenes Chapter 7: Evidentiary Editing: Building Interview-Based Scenes Constructing the Framework: Anchor with Audio Finding "Hinge Clips" Stitch Together the Seams with Cutaways Smoothing Edits Chapter 8: Verité Editing: Building Observational Scenes Build Up or Trim Down: Two Options for Finding "The Good Bits" Invisible or Self-Referential? Microbeats: Sculpting Human Behavior Onscreen Body Language Verité Cutaways Workarounds for Insufficient Cutaway Material Making Amalgam Scenes Integrating Audio from Unrelated Scenes Mixing Evidentiary and Verité Editing with the "Pop-in" Moment Chapter 9: Building Montages Media Montages Part IIIb: Building the Rough Cut Chapter 10: Choosing and Framing Footage A Hierarchy of Experience A Hierarchy of Intervention The Limits of Verité Chapter 11: The Fundamentals of Narrative Text and Subtext Experimentation Chapter 12: Working with Narrative The First Scene The Beginning The Middle Endings Reshoots Creating Meaning Through Association and Juxtaposition Alternative Approaches to Narrative Chapter 13: Working with Details Music  Archival Material and Stock Shots Reenactments Graphics and Animations Lower Thirds Location Cards Subtitles Chapter 14: Working with Time Marking Time Rhythm Pacing Dynamics Pauses Transitions Part IV: The Refining Process Chapter 15: Feedback Evaluating the Work and Taking Direction Why Hold a Rough Cut Screening? Tips for a Successful Rough Cut Screening Interpreting Notes Chapter 16: Fine Cut to Final Cut and Beyond Clarity Is King Trimming Scenes Down Cutting Scenes To Remove Redundancy Cutting Scenes To Improve Narrative or Emotional Logic Removing Unnecessary Pauses & Utterances Inspecting and Improving Cutaways Moving Backwards: Overcutting and How to Avoid It Picture Lock and Beyond Part V: Seeing It All Come Together: Analyses of Four Films Chapter 17:Analyses of Two Feature Documentaries My Kid Could Paint That An Inconvenient Truth Chapter 18: Analyses of Two Short Documentaries Skip Hotel 22 Appendix Appendix A: List of Films Cited Appendix B: Case Studies of Schedules for Feature Documentaries Appendix C: Documents You Will Need

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