Secrets of Screen Acting

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Chapter 14

THE EDITOR AND EDITING

GENERAL

The most common experience a director has in the editing stage is staring at the screen and wondering why he did not insist that the actors do more. There it is again-more, rather than less.

It does not matter what the writer intended or the director planned; in the editing, the editor is only dealing with what is there. The raw material he uses is no more and no less than what the camera recorded-and what the actors put into the lens.


REACTIONS

I know I have gone on about reactions before in chapter 5: Reactions and Business. Now, here is another way of looking at them.

When two people are talking to each other, it is often filmed by putting the camera on one of them and recording all that he says as well as the moments in between when he listens. The camera is then pointed at the other actor, and the process is repeated. In the editing, the editor does not just put the person who is talking on the screen; it is not talking heads that we are after.

The editor will often start off on one person, and then look at the shot of the other person listening, to see if there is anything of interest going on.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface to Second Edition ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Chapter 1 - Screen Versus Stage 3
  • Chapter 2 - Film Versus Television 19
  • Chapter 3 - The Frame 31
  • Chapter 4 - The Camera 43
  • Chapter 5 - Reactions and Business 55
  • Chapter 6 - Sound and Vocal Levels 69
  • Chapter 7 - Typecasting 83
  • Chapter 8 - Acting 99
  • Chapter 9 - Auditions 113
  • Chapter 10 - Rehearsals and Technicals 129
  • Chapter 11 - Directing Actors for the Screen 139
  • Chapter 12 - Announcers (And the Art of Being Interviewed) 149
  • Chapter 13 - The Shoot 155
  • Chapter 14 - The Editor and Editing 173
  • Epilogue 181
  • Acting Exercises 189
  • Bibliography 201
  • Biographies 205
  • Glossary 209
  • Index 237
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