What is the course about?
Editors are in charge of one of the most important and under-appreciated aspects of filmmaking: choosing not only what shots to leave in, but what to leave out – and where to put it. We will take a look at what it takes to make a good story and how to achieve drama in boring subjects. Discover how editing can totally change the meaning and story of a film. We will look at examples and find some surprises.
What will we cover?
- What is editing
- Overall workflow and responsibilities
- Story archetypes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Offer a definition of editing
- List at least 3 steps in an editors workflow
- Distinguish at least 3 different types of cuts
- Summarize 3 classic story patterns/structures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginner - aimed at anyone who wishes to learn something about the art of editing. Practical editing experience is a distinct advantage in this class, but not essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each session will be a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, allowing for some individual tutorial support. There may be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and its common techniques. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.
You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and hand outs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
After the course, you might also want to consider purchasing other books related to the subject of film making and editing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
By the end of the course you may want to try your hand at a practical editing class, or join other theory-based classes in video or film.
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