An Introduction to the Art of Film Editing
Film editing is perhaps the most mysterious part of the filmmaking process. What exactly does a film editor do? What are the creative decisions that go into editing a documentary, narrative film or avant-garde film? By making 3 film projects in 3 different film modes (experimental, narrative, and documentary), students will learn the differences and similarities of editing in different modes. The instructor will lecture on the editing styles in particular films-to be watched in class.
The course will cover the editing theories of well known editors such as Walter Murch (The Godfather, The English Patient). The instructor and a guest film editor will also share their works and talk about their thought processes as they edit. Students will learn the editing software Final Cut Pro and put the theories from the lectures and readings into practice.
|Sources to be Studied|
Fiction and Documentary films-TBA
In the Blink of An Eye, Walter Murch
All editing can be done in the CFA lab. Feel free to use your own editing equipment if you have FCP on your own computer.
If editing at the CFA, you will need to purchase an external firewire hard drive.
I recommend the following brand and a minimum of 80gigs of storage.
You will also need to purchase a few mini dv tapes ($5/each) and blank DVDR’s which you can buy at taperesources.com and at many stores.
Class 1: Introductions and Course Summary; Introduction to Film Editing
Class 2: Intro to Non-Linear Editing and Final Cut Pro
Assignment: shoot images; download images; compile and scan photos; choose music
Class 3: Continue FCP
Edit Music Video/Experimental Film
Class 4: Critique Music Videos
Fiction Film Editing and the Theories of Walter Murch
Class 5: Shoot Narrative Scene in class
Class 6: Edit narrative scene
Class 7: Documentary Editing
Screen student shorts and Compañeras- discuss
Class 8: Guest Speaker
Assignment : shoot interview/b-roll/collect archival
Class 9: Begin editing short documentary or biography
Class 10: Continue editing documentary
Class 11: Screen and critique rough cuts
Class 12: Screen Fine Cuts