Pictures in Motion

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Pictures in Motion

Arnold Baker


Pictures in Motion represents a culmination of a lifetime of experience in the art in editing moving pictures. Written by Professor Emeritus Arnold Baker, Pictures in Motion was compiled from hundreds of handwritten notes and observations meticulously kept by Baker throughout his thirty plus years as a professional editor in Hollywood and as an editing professor at the University of Southern California s School of Cinematic Arts and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. A lover of film and film history, Baker starts Pictures in Motion with an engaging overview of motion pictures and editing itself a field once born out of the necessity of repairing film. From the role of the cutter as a fix-it person, he describes the development of sound, film stocks, television and the advent of digital. Next is the journey of production, even a chapter dealing with a lined script, with a focus on the role of the editor. In the remaining chapters, Baker draws from his treasury of experience and provides practical how-to insight on the art of editing itself.

Publication Date09/16/2013 ISBN: 9780182132195 Number of Pages 244
Author Biography
Professor Arnold Baker received his Bachelor of Arts from Asbury College and his Masters of Art from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television. Starting out as an assistant editor on The Virginian in 1962, Baker worked on more than six feature films and over twenty-five television series including such hits as The Love Boat, Charlie s Angels and Colombo. Among his greatest achievements, however, are the hundreds of film students he has taught at USC s School of Cinematic Arts and the Art Center College of Design, many who now work as professional editors in the industry. Baker is a life member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a retired member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (where he was a member for over fifty years. He and his wife, Laverne, have two children and reside in Los Angeles.
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