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Sample of the Invisible Cut

Sample of the Invisible Cut

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Sample of The Invisible Cut
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Published by: Michael Wiese Productions on Nov 12, 2009
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THEINVISIBLECUT
 
BOBBIE O’STEEN
HOW EDITORSMAKE MOVIE MAGIC
 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTSFOREWORDINTRODUCTION:
 
THE SEDUCTIVE MAGICIAN
CHAPTER 1:
 
SETTING THE STAGE
CHAPTER 2:
 
PULLING OFF THE ACT
CHAPTER 3:
RULES OF WISDOM
CHAPTER 4:
 
MAKING THE INVISIBLE CUT
CHAPTER 5:
 
CHEATING TIME
CHAPTER 6:
CHEATING MOVES
CHAPTER 7:
KNOWING THE EYES
CHAPTER 8:
KNOWING THE CAMERA
CHAPTER 9:
THE SOUND AND MUSIC
CHAPTER 10:
THE ACT COMES TOGETHER
CHAPTER 11:
MARRIAGE OF THE EDITOR AND DIRECTOR
CHAPTER 12:
A HISTORY OF MAKING RULES AND BREAKING THEM
CHAPTER 13:
ANALYZING SCENES AND THEIR FRAME GRABSDIALOG-DRIVEN:
TWELVE ANGRY MEN 
COMEDY:
THE GRADUATE 
SUSPENSE:
REAR WINDOW 
 MYSTERY:
CHINATOWN 
THE CHASE:
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
,
THE FRENCH CONNECTION 
THE SEX SCENE:
BODY HEAT 
THE MUSICAL:
 A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 
THE MONTAGE:
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
,
THE BIG CHILL
CHAPTER 14:
MAKING MAGICGLOSSARYREFERENCESNOTESABOUT THE AUTHOR
TABLE OFCONTENTS
 
Movies take us on a journey that is incomparable. In a novel we travel throughtime and space, but we’re always aware of the bound-up pages. While we’rewatching a movie, we let ourselves forget we’re seeing pieces of film joinedtogether — and that we’re being completely manipulated. The director sets upthe illusions, along with the screenwriter, cast and crew, but when the rabbitcomes out of the hat, it’s ultimately up to the editor to make us believe inmovie magic. He’s the seducer, not only anticipating our needs and feelings, butmaking us want things we’re not even aware of. He’s the deceiver who tricks usinto believing we’re experiencing real time instead of movie time and convincesus we’re in a familiar three-dimensional space even though film is actually intwo dimensions. Like the magician who uses the sweep of his cape to distractthe audience from the set-up of a trick, the editor uses the movement on thescreen as his sleight of hand, so the audience won’t notice how mundane andproblematic moviemaking really is.The editor and director know they’ve pulled off the act when they’re sittingin the middle of the theatre observing the body language of the audience allaround them. They may barely lean forward or backward in their seats, widentheir eyes or look away. They might gasp, scream, cough, clear their throats,laugh, be silent — or for a moment even stop breathing. The editor will noticehow engrossed the audience is, but he’ll be more consumed by the times whenhe feels he’s lost them. When the audience is bored, annoyed or confused, themagic bubble will burst, and no one knows those moments better or feels moreresponsible than the editor.There are some things that cant be learned. The editor has to be born witha strong sense of rhythm and an instinct for what looks good. He has to havea keen memory so that he can play back all the film he’s seen in his head, thenvisualize the sequence of cuts he’ll put together. He has to have a gut feeling for what works, be able to sense what’s in the audience’s hearts and minds. Onlythen will his cuts become those invisible transitions that grab them by the seatof their pants and keeps them there.Digital technology has opened up mind-boggling possibilities for filmmakers and only time will tell how endless those are. Audiences have also
INTRODUCTION:
THE SEDUCTIVE MAGICIAN
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