i’ve read “In the Blink of an Eye”, “The Conversations : Walter Murch and the Art of Editing”, and “First Cut: Conversations With Film Editors”.
In the Blink of an Eye is a good quick read. written by murch discusses why editing works basically. and how he approaches film editing. also talks about how important sound is.
The Conversations : Walter Murch and the Art of Editing is a book written by Michael Ondaatje (writer of English patient, a film cut by Murch). they became friends and michael basically wrote a book about all there meetings together. we hosted Ondaatje at slice (where i work) when he came through town for a reading on the book. Murch, sadly, was not with him. murch. murch. murch. he’s all us editors talk about isn’t it?
First Cut: Conversations With Film Editors is a great book. basically it’s many film editors perspective on how they approach various types of films. shows how broad the art of editing can be.
there are plenty of others is you do a search on amazon for film editing. i would like to see other editor recommends as well.
“The art and Science of Digital Compositing” by Ron Brinkman is an excellent book.
Its considered the “bible” amoungst compositors but I think every editor should read it if they are interested in compositing or not. If anything just for the first 3 chapters. Chapter two alone explains:
Pixels, components, and channels
The HSV color Representation
Digital Image File Formats
Vendor Implementations of File Formats
Choosing a File Format
Nonlinear Color Spaces
Its not an easy read, but if you want a indepth understand of the files you are working with and how to manipulate them its a must have.
The days when an editor can just be an artist and not a geek are over (g)
(that ought to spark some disscusion!)