The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing

The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing sets out the techniques, the systems and the craft required to edit compelling professional documentary television and film. Working stage by stage through the postproduction process, author Sam Billinge explores project organization, assembling rushes, sequence editing, story structure, music and sound design, and the defining relationship between editor and director.

Written by a working documentary editor with over a decade’s worth of experience cutting films for major British and international broadcasters, The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing offers a unique introduction to the craft of documentary editing, and provides working and aspiring editors with the tools to master their craft in the innovative and fast-paced world of contemporary nonfiction television and film.

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  1. Editing a documentary is different than editing a fiction narrative, if only because the scenes from the latter follow a prepared script, while the former requires shaping the shots that may be available into a story. This gives the documentary editor far more control over what is shown and how the story is told than the editor of a fiction narrative. Billinge recognizes this and even fiction narrative editors may benefit from reading his work.Billinge reminds us that a documentary…

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