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"Documentary Editing: Principles & Practice" (2nd Ed.) • Routledge

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Released in 2023 in a 2nd Edition, Documentary Editing offers clear and detailed strategies for tackling every stage of the documentary editing process, from organizing raw footage and building select reels to fine cutting and final export. Written by a Sundance award- winning documentary editor with a dozen features to his credit and containing examples from over 100 films, this book presents a step-by-step guide for how to turn seemingly shapeless footage into focused scenes, and how to craft a structure for a documentary of any length. The 2nd Edition contains brand new chapters on Editing The Short Documentary and Select Reels and contains dozens of new examples.

I've been shooting, directing, and cutting nonfiction for 40 years. I thought I knew every trick (and a lot of them no one else did.) Until I read Bricca's book. 

                                                                                                – Mark Moskowitz, filmmaker

In fifteen years of filmmaking and teaching I have not come across such a straight-forward, cohesive, and useful manual for how to tackle that most daunting of challenges: editing the documentary film.

                                                                                                – Sally Rubin, Chapman University

This is a fantastic book.  I bought it to learn about the specific processes of doc editing after previously making only narrative films – and it has delivered in spades.

                                                                                                   – Jason Matzner, filmmaker

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