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Course MD 502 Winter 2013/14

Digital Editing

Marouan Omara, Ghada Fikri

"I do not think that the only way to make films is to begin at the beginning and end at the end as if it is a huge scene. Personally, I prefer a method that conceives each scene as a small film itself."
Jean Renoir

Aims of the Course:

The Digital Editing Course covers the fundamental techniques and concepts of digital video, editing principles, history of edit and visual storytelling. The concept of visual storytelling will be explored and analyzed within various media applications to demonstrate the importance of constructing a fully developed idea using images. The course will review the process of video editing throughout the entire development of a media project. There is an emphasis on image sequencing and story continuity, the use of sound, color correction, media management, narration, and industry terminology. Students will apply these concepts to a digital video project that showcases effective storytelling through the use of technology.

Cut is the focal editorial element of film language. Digital editing is the contemporary advanced way to give a film itís own, structure and rhythm. The course offers exploration and practice of various methods and techniques. It focuses on the grammar of editing and on professional digital-editing equipment.


Date Topics Class Material Task
Week 1 - The Cutting Edge

The Magic Of Movie Editing. Part 1
- THE HISTORY OF EDITING

Course Specifications
Week 2 - The Cutting Edge

The Magic Of Movie Editing. Part 2
- THE HISTORY OF EDITING

The History of Editing Watch: Lynda.com: Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training

Chapters 1 to 3

Week 3 - Defining the Documentary Defining The Documentary Analyze Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman

Watch: Lynda.com: Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training Chapters 4 to 8

Week 4 - Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training Final Cut Pro 7 Essential Training Analyze Titicut Follies by Frederick Wiseman
Week 5 - Final Cut Closure Chevrolet Ad Practical Quiz & Final Cut Last Theoretical Quiz Write your opinion about this film and the filmmaker: Lessons of Darkness (1992) by Werner Herzog
Week 6 - Principles of Editing Principles of Editing Brief Principles of Editing1

Class Complete Notes

Non Verbal Documentary Essay

Watch Artavazd Peleshian's films and analyze at least two of them [ Nuestro Siglo / We / Seasons / Mountain / Beginning / Inhabitants / Life / The End ]

Week 7 - Timing and Pacing - Timing and Pacing

- Walter Murch- On Editing - Afaq by Shady Abdel-Salam

Film of the week: Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore