This updated and revised new edition of The Healthy Edit provides aspiring and working editors with creative editing strategies they can employ to enhance a film, while also overcoming common production problems. With decades of experience editing and film doctoring Hollywood features, author John Rosenberg reveals both the aesthetic and technical aspects of the editor’s art, demonstrating tricks and techniques for nursing an ailing project back to health or enhancing a well one. Whether it's a bad performance from an actor, a hole in the story or script, a continuity or pacing issue, or a poorly-composed shot, every film or show we watch encounters challenges during production—and fixing these issues becomes the job of the editor.

Utilizing an approach comparing film editing to medicine, working editor and professor John Rosenberg offers a software-agnostic guide to best editing practices, offering solutions to everything from story and script inconsistencies to genre-specific structural issues. Accessibly written and brought fully up-to-date to embrace the predominance of file-based digital production, this second edition offers new insights into ultra-high-resolution footage, transitions, visual effects, collaboration, sound and music editing, as well as highlighting historic advances in the art form.

chapter 1|8 pages

Prescriptions for Success

chapter 2|12 pages

Mastering the Art of Film Editing

chapter 3|15 pages

The Film Doctor Is In

chapter 4|21 pages

The Instruments

chapter 5|23 pages

Internal Medicine

chapter 6|9 pages

Alternative Medicine

chapter 7|21 pages

A Brief History of the Practice

chapter 8|16 pages

Genre Editing Styles I

chapter 9|17 pages

Genre Editing Styles II

chapter 10|16 pages

Genre Editing Styles III

chapter 11|11 pages


chapter 12|10 pages

Psychiatry of Character Disorders—Part I

chapter 14|11 pages


chapter 15|20 pages

Cardiac Unit

chapter 16|17 pages

Rites of Passage

chapter 17|5 pages


chapter 18|19 pages


chapter 19|12 pages

Bedside Manner

chapter 20|9 pages


chapter 21|14 pages