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Class 8: We will discuss the steps towards editing your documentary

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  • 1. EDITINGYOUR DOCSTEPS & PROCESSESCLASS 8SM2229/ A 2014

2. What is Editing?More than a technical skill, it is an art!Editing is an art of composing space (as totality or fragment, continuousor discontinuous) and time (linear or non-linear) through the arrangement,assembly and interaction of images (static or dynamic) and sounds (onscreen or off screen), and an art of visualizing rhythm and tempo asemotional flow or movements of intensities. 3. WHY IS THE EDITORIMPORTANT? SELECTION TIMING ARRANGEMENT 4. "... Editing is a lot about patienceand discipline and just bangingaway at something, turning off themachine and going home at nightbecause you're frustrated anddepressed, and then coming backin the morning to try again.-Thelma Schoonmaker 5. STAGES IN THEEDITING PROCESS Digitizing footage Organizing and Naming footage First Assembly Rough cut Fine cut Final Cut 6. 1. Creating Bins &Organizing:Key First StepsTime permitting, this first step should be comprehensive and will make allsubsequent steps much easier.Organizing and Naming footage is a key part of conceptualizing the film forthe director and the editor.Assistant Editor often does this just UNDER DIRECTION:Bin Logic These can be cross referencing: Characters B Roll Time Locations Themes 7. 2. Creating Sequences:Finding Character ArcsDealing with the footage of your characters can be attacked inmultiple ways.Central issue of story line of characterKey points of interviewEmotional momentsCreating separate timelines for each character can be helpful 8. 3. First Assembly:Getting material togetherThis first, longer cut is the loose bringing together of all thefootage that you think will make up the final film.Bringing this footage in from the sequences onto a singletimeline.Do you have everything you need?Do you need to reshoot? Additional footage?Do you need archives?At this stage you want to make sure you have everything youneed now in your project folder. 9. 4. Rough Cut:TEST SCREENINGSGetting feedback at this stage is critical.Test Screenings:Invite people who are good critics.It is good to have a mix of people you knowand that you dont know.Think about the questions you have clearlybeforehand.Have people write down comments first, thenhave an open discussion 10. The Hamburger Method1. Is the criticism truly constructive? Here are somesynonyms for constructive: Positive, helpful, productive,useful, beneficial, and practical. Antonym: Destructive.2. Why am I offering this criticism in the first place? Is itbecause Im trying to be helpful or just because Im ana**hole?1. Is the criticism necessary and appropriate? Does ithave a great impact on the grander scheme of things, oram I just being nitpicky. Will focusing on this issue beworth the time and effort in the long run?2. Do I have the right, or better yet - have I earned theright to speak into this persons life? The differencebetween management and leadership has a lot to dowith the relationship you have with your team. Managerstend to focus on control, whereas real leaders take peopleto the next level.3. Finally, have I noticed at least two things tocompliment before commencing with the criticism?From: http://n8tip.com/the-hamburger-method-of-constructive-criticism-works-for-vegetarians-too 11. Editing Room Criticism: Does the edit make sense? Were you confused? When? About what? Is the story clear? If not, why not? Are there shots that really work? Are there shots you dont like? Why and why not? Is there a clear flow & rhythm to the edit? Does it feel smooth, or is it disruptive? What is your emotional response to the edit? To the characters? Did you have certain feelings or responses to characters?Elaborate Was the pacing too slow or too fast? Were there cuts that jumped out (this can be a good or bad thing) Were there moments you felt your attention drifting? Make note of those shotsAdd specific questions that you want test viewers to answer for you 12. 5. Fine Cut:After the Cut is LockedAfter the Fine Cut is LOCKED it is time to start the sound edit. The stages thathappen after fine cut are:Sound EditSound MixColour CorrectionGraphic Design/ Inter-titles / Subtitles / CreditsOutputs and Conform 13. In the Final Mix with my Sound Editor, Daniel Lagace &Mixer / Sound Engineer, Jean Paul Vialardat the National Film Board in Canada. 14. Rough Cut ScreeningsTuesday November 18, 4pm1.Jing Jing2.Ying3.Kalman4.Salome5.Shawn6.Vicky7.Victor8.Regina9.JoshWednesday November 19, 12pm1.Kei2.Daria3.Emily4.Ariane5.Carmen6.Yu7.Anna8.Mao

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