Editing for Directors: A Guide for Creative Collaboration

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The first book of its kind.

Editing for Directors guides directors through postproduction, starting with planning for editing during the shoot and ending with the completion of their film.

This thorough, well-illustrated book:
• Describes the artistic, organizational, and technical skills editors bring to the party
• Tells directors what to look for when hiring an editor and the best ways to work with an editor
• Explains how and why directors should plan for editing before they shoot a frame
• Devotes a full chapter to relating the history of editing and cutting tools and how they have affected the language of cinema and present-day editing
• Defines and discusses cutting-room terms, practices, and workflows; Reveals how editors approach footage and put shows together
• Details the postproduction process from dailies to director’s cut to locked cut; Covers creating and overseeing VFX (video effects)
• Demystifies spotting the show with the sound and music crew and creating, editing, and mixing sound and music
• Describes titling, color grading, the DI (digital intermediate) process, and producing your show’s final deliverables, and
• Spells out ways to archive your show and why doing so matters.


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Meet The Author

Gael Chandler, based in Los Angeles, was nominated twice for a Cable Emmy for comedy editing and has trained hundreds of professionals on digital editing systems and students on editing systems, practices and theory.

She has edited comedies, dramas, documentaries, features, corporate videos, and promos, and cut on every type of medium: film, tape, and digital. Nominated twice for a Cable ACE award for editing a comedy series.

Additionally she has taught editing practices and history at Loyola Marymount University and California State Universities at Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Northridge, and has trained hundreds of professionals, independent filmmakers, professors, and students to operate digital editing equipment.