Writing for the Cut: Shaping Your Script for Cinema

Loftin, Greg (2019) Writing for the Cut: Shaping Your Script for Cinema. Michael Wieser Productions, Studio City, California, USA. ISBN ISBN: 978-1615933006


Editing is what makes a movie a movie. Consulting with master film editors including Walter Murch, Juliette Welfling, Eddie Hamilton, and Anne V. Coates (whose insights and wisdom anchor the book), author Greg Loftin engagingly, smartly details the storytelling nuances and tricks screenwriters can learn from their film-editor peers. Cutting-room veterans have long maintained that visual juxtaposition fuels film storytelling. Over-lapped images spark fresh ideas in the minds of viewers, encouraging them to become active partners in your storytelling and discover your story for themselves. In later chapters, Writing for the Cut shows how we can bring our stories closer to the screen by writing not only with text but with images and sounds. The screenwriter is taken deep into the edit suite to learn the secrets of the sizzle reel.

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