What is the course about?
Most editing is done from the keyboard, using tools that enable the editor to fine-tune the rough cut. We will take a look at these techniques and how to best use them. As all editing is also about story telling we will look at core narrative principles that guide most story constructions. These include POV constructions, parallel techniques and screen directionality.
What students liked most about this course run in 2016/17:
"Good explanations and handouts, great theory and practical mix, really useful having ample practice time, the course felt very comprehensive and while focussed always pointed to greater possibilites, well structured course, excellent blend of practical editing training and more theoretical ideas." I> .
What will we cover?
- Trimming techniques - We will take a look at how they work.
- Ripple and roll editing – all trimming actions are an essential tool in professional editing.
- What are the differences between ripple and roll edits
- Data-management is at the core of getting to grips with your material.
- Learn to change the appearance of a clip in post production using Motion properties
- Animate a change over time
- Basic use the title window
- What is Screen direction and why is it important.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Trim between 2 clips using the ripple trim tool
- Trim 2 clips using the roll trim tool
- Differentiate between ripple and roll editing.
- Name and search for clips for better identification
- Change the scale of a clip in motion properties
- Animate a change over time
- Place a basic Title in a sequence
- Distinguish different screen directions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a stage 2 intermediate course. You must have some experience in editing using Premiere Pro CC.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be a demonstration of a particular aspect of Premiere. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may want to purchase removable storage to collect and keep your data safe, though you will have your own account in class where you can accumulate your work from week to week.
You might also want to consider purchasing other books related to the subject of film making and editing. We will also provide you with a range of hand-outs free of charge and you can make use of books in the library.
Please note that a portable hard drive/USB stick if PC formatted can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
By the end of the course you should be comfortable to do more involved editing and work with your own material. You may want to join the stage 3 editing class, or one of the other more specialized moving image classes, like a production or post-production class or sound editing.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details