Film Editing: Theory and Practice

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Credits

20

Module code

EN51038

Week 1: Introduction: The History of Film Editing

Week 2: Editing Theory and Practice

Week 3: Obeying and Breaking the Rules of Film Editing

Week 5: Cutting Silent Footage to Music: The Art of Visual Storytelling

Week 7: Cutting a Documentary Interview

Week 9: Cutting Dialogue

Week 11: Cutting Multi-Camera Footage of a Live Performance

Week 12 & 13: Presentation of Rough Cut and Formative Feedback

The students will also attend weekly screenings of relevant films and fortnightly one-hour discussion sessions for reflection about theory and practice. 

Assessment

The intended learning outcomes of the module are a portfolio of two short pieces of work, edited by the student. This will count for 70% of the module grade. They will also produce a reflecive essay in which they assess their working process; this will count for 30% of the grade. 

The intended learning outcomes are as follows:

Knowledge and understanding

to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of film editing theories and techniques

to understand and apply specific film language, concepts and terminology

to demonstrate an ability to apply practical skills by editing existing footage

Subject-specific practical and intellectual skills and attributes

to respond to constructive feedback about their practical work both formally and informally from tutors and peers

to exchange views about film practice with others in a constructive and open-minded context and to work co-operatively with other students

to express their own opinions and defend their own critical judgments and practical work by drawing on key themes and debates in Film Studies

Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes

acquire a range of transferable skills, graduate attributes and personal qualities, which will enhance their, confidence and independence both during and after their studies

develop an independent, organised approach to learning, and thereby practise time management skills through working to deadlines

The intended learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Knowledge and understanding.

to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of film editing theories and techniques

to understand and apply specific film language, concepts and terminology

to demonstrate an ability to apply practical skills by editing existing footage

  1. Subject-specific practical and intellectual skills and attributes.

to respond to constructive feedback about their practical work both formally and informally from tutors and peers

to exchange views about film practice with others in a constructive and open-minded context and to work co-operatively with other students

to express their own opinions and defend their own critical judgments and practical work by drawing on key themes and debates in Film Studies

  1. Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes.

acquire a range of transferable skills, graduate attributes and personal qualities, which will enhance their, confidence and independence both during and after their studies

develop an independent, organised approach to learning, and thereby practise time management skills through working to deadlines

Aims

Upon completion of the module, the successful student will be have gained:

  1. An appreciation, and practical experience of the art, theory and practice of film editing.
  2. The ability to effectively edit several types of film, including non-fiction interviews, fiction film dialogue, silent narrative film and footage from a live event.
  3. A keener appreciation of the role of sound, music and words in the cinema.
  4. An enhanced understanding of the way that editing drives filmic storytelling.
  5. A deeper understanding of the aesthetics and grammar of various types of filmmaking. 

Convenor

Dr Brian Hoyle

The teaching will be all be face-to-face and will involve workshops, tutorials, seminars and training sessions. The students will have the opportunity to learn practical skills and reflect upon their practice.