20 credits at level HE5
The key aim is to establish good specialist, technical skills in non-linear digital editing, through a range of technical exercises using a variety of software tools. You will also study editing aesthetics through historical and contemporary examples of the film editor’s work. This module will also introduce you to the skills of sound design and sound post production. You will learn to work creatively with directors. You will study industry opportunities for work placements and employment.The key aim is to establish good specialist, technical skills in non-linear digital editing, through a range of technical exercises, as well as editing a short digital film. You will develop your ability to tell a story in digital film and expand your knowledge and understanding of editing aesthetics/styles.
Your professional commitment and organisational and team work skills will be vital on this module.
Editing tools & techniques
Knowing your story inside out
Knowing your footage inside out: strengths and weaknesses.
Logging. Paper edit. Capturing video. Files and saving. Importing and trimming clips. Edit log Timecode. Assembling rough cut. Using timeline. Building sound tracks. Working with text. Understanding filters. Basic Colour Correction Techniques. Chromakeying. Introduction to basic compositing, keyframing and motion effects. Finishing requirements: understanding Codec considerations; Exporting files for DVD-ROM, CD and the Web.
Sound design: What is soundscape? Moods texture and music.
Editing aesthetics; Studying the work of historical and contemporary editors and sound designers who work in a variety of moving image media and different kinds of productions to explore the extensive aesthetic possibilities of editing, including aesthetics of continuity editing for linear narrative films; genre conventions; non-narrative editing aesthetics; editing for mobile/web films; and montage editing.
Editing tools & techniques:
The module will have taught studio time and independent study. You will need to organise yourself to make sure that you regularly schedule enough independent study time to complete the tasks you will be given to complete between classes. A blended learning approach will be used.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to use a range of software in a safe, technically competent manner in both image and sound||
1. Edit footage that shows technical control of the range of processes involved
1.2 Observe safe working requirements in your work
|2.||Be able to research editing techniques, concepts and aesthetics employed in a variety of historical and contemporary film genres, and draw on them to inspire and inform your own picture and sound editing||
2.1 Edit footage in an audio-visual style appropriate to the content/genre of the film/TV programme.
2.2 Present and discuss your research in relation to your own work.
|3.||Work effectively with others.||Attend all classes and scheduled activities punctually and be well-prepared. Communicate and cooperate effectively with other students.|
|4.||Constructively critique your own and your peers’ work||
4.1 Reflect constructively on your own and your collaborators' achievements in the final cut, and suggest strategies for improvement.
4.2 Respond to fellow students’ critiques.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||An edit exercise||Edit a short digital film.||Reflective report on your own work and practices used.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
DIGITAL FILMS/ TV:
Bleak House (2005), dir Susanna White/Justin Chadwick. London: BBC
Breaking the Waves(1996), dir Lars Von Trier, UK
Elephant (2003) DIR Gus Van Sant, USA
The King is Alive (2000), dir Kristin Levring. Sweden
Russian Ark (2002) dir Aleksandr Sokurov, Russia
Time Code (2000), dir Mike FIggis, UK
Top Spot (2005), dir Tracey Emin, London: BBC3
Block, B. (2001) The Visual Story. London: Focal Press.
Bobo, J. (1998 ) Black Women Film and Video Artists. London: Routledge
Brown, B. (1998) Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors and Videographers. London: Focal Press.
Chion, M. (1994) Audio Vision. Chichester:Columbia University Press
Dancyger, Ken.(2002) The Technique of Film and Video Editing. Woburn,MA: Focal Press
Evans, Russell. (2006) Practical DV Filmmaking. Oxford: Focal Press
Johnson, Claudia Hunter, Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect. Oxford: Focal Press.
Rea, Peter W. and Irving, David K.(2001) Producing & Directing the Short Film and Video. Oxford: Focal Press
Tarkovsky, Andrew(1986) Sculpting in Time. Austin: University of Texas Press
Various screenplays and short film scripts
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