The Invisible Cut: How Editors Make Movie Magic

The book reveals how the editor like a magician manipulates his audience by using sleight of hand and seduces them by anticipating their needs and desires. Only then can he create those invisible cuts that grab them and keep them on the edge of their seats. Part One lays out the rules, strategies and techniques as well as the evolution of editing in movie history. Part Two shows the actual work of master editors by using 248 frame grabs individual frames from thirteen famous scenes.

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  1. Great book for both film-makers and film-fans! My film is too long. First cut was over two hours, second cut I had trimmed nine minutes bringing it to 115 minutes. A few members of my “brain trust” (people who work in Hollywood and actually do this for a living) had told me to “cut it down substantially” but no one was giving me good examples of where or how. It was, simply, “cut it.” Easier said than done. The task in front of me was to slice and dice my film in a way that would get my points across and tell my…

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