Go inside the cutting room with Emmy-winning editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. (Homeland, 24: Live Another Day, Masters of Sex, The Shield) as he explains the key things professional actors should — and shouldn't do – to ensure their performance makes it to the screen. He’ll show you how and why directors, showrunners, and editors decide whether your performance stays in the show – or gets cut out.
Acting for the camera can be challenging. Arm yourself with the best tips and advice you can get, from an insider uniquely positioned to be your guide into a process that few actors ever see or understand.
"Whether you are just starting to break into the film and television industry, or you're already working and want to refine your on-camera technique, "How to Avoid the Cutting Room Floor" is a must read! I wish I’d had a book early in my career that gave me a fraction of the insights and advice that Jordan provides here. Grab this invaluable book by one of the television industry's most talented and respected editors."
- Michael Chiklis, Emmy & Golden Globe winning actor
"In the cutting room we see the same mistakes over and over. Jordan's book is full of useful tips to help you make the cut."
- Alex Gansa, showrunner, Homeland
In this informative and entertaining book, Goldman, an Emmy-winning television editor, provides an inside look at his trade. As the editor of shows including The Shield and Homeland, Goldman is responsible for taking the footage shot by directors and piecing it together into three successive versions: the director's, the producers', and finally the network's. Having studied countless hours of how actors both stars and background players succeed or fail in front of the camera, Goldman offers step-by-step instructions for actors on maximizing their time on screen in the final cut. Using photos and a script written to demonstrate the process, Goldman clearly explains what directors and editors need from actors in terms of timing, reactions, and technical skills. Examples of good and bad acting from films and TV shows are sprinkled throughout the text, though more would have been welcome. The book is written as an instruction guide for actors on how not to frustrate directors and editors, but Goldman also offers general readers a close look at how a television show is made, with insight into the joys and frustrations of working in a creative industry. (BookLife)
If you are an editor, actor or anything in between, this book if for you! The tips and knowledge Jordan provides in this book is pure gold! If you want to learn about your craft this is the book for you. I have been an editor for over 12 years, I have read this book through twice already and learn something new every time. Jordan you nailed it! Can't wait for your next book!!! It's an easy read, it's entertaining....it's awesome!
Fantastic advice for actors and editors!
You can learn a lot by changing your point of view. Knowing how your acting is perceived and used by an editor is very valuable. They get to see the entire performance as the home audience would and be able to make it better. The author is very good at explaining what an editor looks for and uses to make a tv show or movie. As an editor looking to learn more about the craft this book is an excellent resource! Clear, interesting and easy to read. I recommend it highly to both actors and editors!