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Digital Editing | Course MD 502

Lecturer | M. Kallenberger
Teaching Assistant | Yacoub Yassin


"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

Course Outline:

The Digital Editing Course is an introduction in the fundamental techniques and concepts of Digital Video Editing and Visual Storytelling. Students will get introduced into the basic editing principles as well as into the history of editing, montage and visual storytelling.

The concept of visual storytelling will be explored and analyzed within various time­based media applications with the emphazis on the inter­relation of image, sound and time. The course will guide students through the whole process of video editing starting with media management, the developement of narrative strategies to image sequencing and story continuity, the use and effect of sound and end with an introduction to different post-production techniques like color correction, filters, subitles etc. Students will learn to apply these concepts and methods to their own digital video projects to create unique visual stories with the use of digital technology.


Assignments:

01 Assignment: Cinemagraph "Self-Portrait" (create 5 cinemagraphs on the topic "Self-Portrait") Helpful online tutorials to create a Cinemagraph in: After Effects http://vimeo.com/48936672 or Photoshop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKA4cqv0IjE or download Cinemagraph Tutorial pdf

02 Assignment: GIF /MEME (create 5 GIFs that express a certain distinct emotion. Example: http://gifgif.media.mit.edu/results. Use the movie from your visual research presentation)

03 Assignment: Clipbox (create 30s clip for a beatbox soundtrack) Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0_2vmkTmf0 use the sound and interpret it with your visuals

04 Assignment: Viral Video Campaign (tba)

05 Assignment: Intro for Show (create a 30s intro for an not yet existing show / your shortfilm developped in the script-story-storyboard class) Examples: Rectify, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Homeland, Master of Sex, Boardwalk Empire)

06 Assignment: Music Video Clip (tba)


Cinematic Style & Editing Techniques Research Presentation:!

Students will have to watch the whole film and select 5 scenes to explain the cinematic style and editing technique. Presentation: 10-15 minutes, submit Handout pdf 1-2 pages with a summary and your sources via email.

	•	Citizen Kane (1941) – Editor: Robert Wise, Director: Orson Welles
	•	Playtime (1967) –  Editor: Gιrard Pollicand, Director: Jaques Tati
	•	Raging Bull (1980) – Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker, Director: Martin Scorsese
	•	Where do we go now? (2011) – Director: Nadine Labaki
	•	Solaris (1972) – Editor: Lyudmila Feiginova, Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, 
	•	Sans Soleil (1983) – Editor: Chris Marker, Director: Chris Marker
	•	Apocalypse Now (1979) – Editor: Walter Murch, Director: Francis Ford Coppola
	•	Memento (2000) – Editor: Dody Dorn, Director: Christopher Nolan
	•	Psycho (1960) – Editor: George Tomasini, Director: Alfred Hitchcock
	•	Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Editor: Anne V. Coates, Director: David Lean
	•	Bonnie and Clyde (1067)  – Editor: Dede Allen, Director: Arthur Penn
	•	A Space Odyssey (1968) – Editor: Ray Lovejoy, Director: Stanley Kubrick
	•	City of God (2002) – Editor: Daniel Rezende, Director; Fernando Meireilles
	•	Flashdance (1983) – Editor: Bud Smith, Walt Mulconery, Director: Adrian Lyne
	•	Fargo (1996) – Editor: Roderick Jaynes, Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
	•	Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – Editor: Andrew Weisblum, Director: Wes Anderson
	•	Adaption (2002) – Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen, Director: Spike Jonze 
	•	Close-Up (1990) – Editor: Abbas Kiarostami, Director: Abbas Kiarostami
	•	Elephant (2003) – Editor: Gus Van Sant, Director: Gus Van Sant
	•	The Land (1969) – Editor:  Rashida Abdel Salam, Director: Youssef Chahine
	•	About Elly (2009) – Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari, Director: Asghar Farhadi
	•	Last Year at Marienbad (1961) – Editor: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi, Director: Alain Resnais

References to use for research:

	•	Montage. Sam Rohdie, Manchester University Press, Manchester: 2006
	•	Fine Cuts - The Art of European Film Editing. Roger Crittenden, Focal Press, 2006
	•	In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. Walter Murch, Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola, Silman-James Press 2001
	•	http://www.sensesofcinema.com
	•	http://www.filmsite.org/bestfilmediting.html
	•	http://www.tasteofcinema.com/
	•	Every Frame a Painting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjFqcJQXGZ6T6sxyFB-5i6A


Rules in Class

1. Attendance of the 1st slot counts for both slots

2. Whoever is more than 10 minutes too late – no attendance

3. No leaving of the class in-between: not for toilet, a phone call, water etc. All this you can do in the break. If you leave: No attendance.

4. No food or mobile in class.

5. If you don΄t present anything at the Work in Progress Presentation – zero points. Same for the Final Presentation.

6. If you can΄t make it to the class for medical reasons, let me and Yacoub know at least one day in advanced 6pm via GUC mail, same for presentations.


Grading

1. All practical assignments 50% of the overall grade (Presentation, Concept, Aesthetics, Complexity (effort), Creativity, "packaging" (proper Format & Credits)

2. Presentation and Handout (pdf) on Cinematic Style & Editing Technique 25%

3. Class Work / Work in Progress 25%

4. Assignments have to be submitted between 10-10:30 on the day of the presentation (Final / Work in Progress) to Yacoub on a USB-Stick.



Date Topic
SEP 16/17 Introduction
           01 Assignment: Cinemagraph "Self-Portrait
SEP 23/24 Cinemagraph I "Self-Portrait" // Work in Progress Presentation
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Psycho (1960) – Editor: George Tomasini, Director: Alfred Hitchcock //  Sarah K
           •	Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – Editor: Andrew Weisblum, Director: Wes Anderson // Mariam
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP
           •	Apocalypse Now (1979) – Editor: Walter Murch, Director: Francis Ford Coppola  // Ali
SEP 30 / NOV 01 Cinemagraph II "Self-Portrait" // Final Presentation
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Memento (2000) – Editor: Dody Dorn, Director: Christopher Nolan // Ramy
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP
           •	Grand Budapest Hotel // Lobna

           •	Citizen Kane (1941) – Editor: Robert Wise, Director: Orson Welles
OCT 07/08 EID HOLIDAY (compensation student trip to Cairo Filmfestival or Zawy Cinema)
OCT 14/15
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	The Land (1969) – Editor:  Rashida Abdel Salam, Director: Youssef Chahine // Omar
           •	Elephant (2003) – Editor: Gus Van Sant, Director: Gus Van Sant // Aya
           •	Sans Soleil (1983) – Editor: Chris Marker, Director: Chris Marker // Farah
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP      
           •	Citizen Kane (1941) – Editor: Robert Wise, Director: Orson Welles// Saad
           •	Psycho (1960) – Editor: George Tomasini, Director: Alfred Hitchcock // Samar
           •	The Land (1969) – Editor:  Rashida Abdel Salam, Director: Youssef Chahine // Salma
OCT 21/22
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Pulp Fiction // Malak B
           •	Fargo (1996) – Editor: Roderick Jaynes, Director: Joel and Ethan Coen // Engy
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP
           •	Last Year at Marienbad (1961) – Editor: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi, Director: Alain Resnais // Aya
           •	Playtime (1967) –  Editor: Gιrard Pollicand, Director: Jaques Tati // Hady
  •	Fargo (1996) – Editor: Roderick Jaynes, Director: Joel and Ethan Coen // Malak Galal
OCT 28/29
           2nd slot Premiere Tutorial // 3rd slot Make Up Session Assignment 2
NOV 04/05
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Adaption (2002) – Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen, Director: Spike Jonze // Amira
           •	About Elly (2009) – Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari, Director: Asghar Farhadi // Reem
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP
           •	Memento (2000) – Editor: Dody Dorn, Director: Christopher Nolan //  Amr
           •	Adaption (2002) – Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen, Director: Spike Jonze  // Ahmed
NOV 12/13
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Flashdance (1983) – Editor: Bud Smith, Walt Mulconery, Director: Adrian Lyne // Ola
           •	A Space Odyssey (1968) – Editor: Ray Lovejoy, Director: Stanley Kubrick // Mahmoud 
           Presentation WEDNESDAY GROUP
           •	Where do we go now? (2011) – Director: Nadine Labaki // Dina
           •	Stalker (1979) – Director: Andrei Tarkowski // Sara
NOV 19/20
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	City of God (2002) – Editor: Daniel Rezende, Director; Fernando Meireilles // Sarah S. 
           •	Playtime (1967) / The holiday of Mr. Hulot –  Editor: Gιrard Pollicand, Director: Jaques Tati // Mona
NOV 26/27
           Presentation TUESDAY GROUP
           •	Where do we go now? (2011) – Director: Nadine Labaki // Hagar