Fall 2008
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 643
An Introduction to the Art of Film Editing


09/08/2008 - 12/12/2008
Thursday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Art Workshop 112

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 or narrative film? The course will begin with discussions of the editing theories of well known editors such as Walter Murch (The Godfather, The English Patient). Students will learn the editing software Final Cut Pro and put the theories into practice. By making 3 film projects in 3 different film genres, students will learn the differences and similarities of editing in different genres. The instructor will lecture on the editing styles in particular films (to be watched outside of class).

Sources to be studied include Walter Murch, In the Blink of an Eye, fiction and documentary films, and various handouts.

Required course work includes class participation, three short projects, readings, and outside viewings.

Students will need an external hard drive compatible with Macintosh. Students will also have to purchase digital video tape. The estimated out-of-pocket costs if a student does not already own an external hard drive is approximately $200. Access to a DV camera is optional but recommended. This course is not open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

Lisa Molomot (B.A. Hamilton College; M.F.A. The American Film Institute) is a documentary producer and editor. She has edited documentaries for A&E, The Discovery Channel, PBS, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her various credits include The Kentucky Theatre, The Last Hostage, Los Occultos, Manna From Heaven, Vivien Leigh: A Delicate Balance, On the Inside of: The World Series of Poker, Greg Ford For Congress, and Battle for the Minds. She recently completed a documentary, The Hill, about an unprecedented civil rights case in New Haven. Click here for more information about Lisa Molomot.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 12

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