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Making movies is telling a story in its simplest form. Film is simply telling a story. Simplicity is key. And I think that probably is the best advice for any editor. Just simplify one story to create pure life and emotion. In fact, editing is a lot like writing. You are rewriting a film. You have a script but you're rewriting a script with a film. It's not like editing in publishing. It is not a matter of omitting and corrections. It's very different. I think. You become a writer, but you're writing with images, you're writing with music, you're writing with performances, you're writing with all these things-intangible things as well- that make an emotional event. (Carol Littleton)

Editing is just another part of making a film. This years hit is next years memory. Very few films become classics and they were usually too unique to be "popular" at the time they were released. "I feel I exert a certain influence on it. I don't control it. I just influence it. I hope that I could work in a climate of trust where the director feels he would be able to use my ideas, my feelings about the material, the criticisms, the praise, all for the good of the movie. Our job is to interpret and respect the material at hand. Certainly respect the style, performances, composition, writing, lighting, every aspect. We are a very respectful lot."

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Littleton, Carol. Film as all the Arts. 1992

The Moving Image: Production Principles and Practices by Gorham Anders Kindem

First Cut: Conversations With Film Editors by Gabriella Oldham

On Film Editing: An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction by Edward Dmytryk

The Cinema of Oliver Stone by Norman Kagan

Directing the Film: Film Directors on Their Art by Eric Sherman

When the Shooting Stops, the Cutting Begins: A Film Editor's Story by Ralph Rosenblum, Robert Karen Ph.D. 

From Script to Screen : The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking by Linda Seger, Edward Jay Whetmore

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events by Barry Hampe

In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch, Francis Ford Coppola

The Avid Digital Editing Room Handbook by Tony Solomons

The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje

The Visual Story: Seeing the Structure of Film, TV and New Media by Bruce A. Block

Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar

Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice by Ken Dancyger

Final Cut Pro 3 and the Art of Filmmaking by Jason Cranford Teague, David Teague

Video Editing with Avid: Media Composer, Symphony, Xpress by Roger Shufflebottom 

The Film Editing Room Handbook: How to Manage the Near Chaos of the Cutting Room by Norman Hollyn


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