Today we will start one of the larger components of the course,the art of film editing. We will be using a non-linear editor, Adobe Premiere, for the rest of the course, so it is imperative that you learn the fundamentals behind editing, and how to use the tools to create the vision that you have in your mind's eye.
We will be starting by looking at an overview of editing. We will be working our way through this PowerPoint (this version does not contain the video clips) and using this organizer to keep track of our notes. If you would like to a copy with the video clips, you will need to come see me with a USB key.
Make sure that your conversation video does not break the 180 Degree rule (we will talk more about this in class). This PowerPoint has other reminders that you should carefully consider as you move forward with the pre-production and production phases of your project.
As we move into basic editing, from home you might want to download and install the open source video editing program Lightworks, and the audio editing program, Audacity. As with most skills in life, you need to practice to get better! These are similar programs to the ones that we will be using in class.
You will start to learn how to use Adobe Premiere tomorrow, and can use it to edit your conversation video.
We are going to analyze the way the Coen brothers shoot conversation.
We are going to look at some basic aspects of cinematography. You will have to be organized and ON TASK for the next few days in order to make up for our short week (PD Day on Friday).
Today we are also going to take a brief look at composition and framing to help tell your story.
A mockumentary (a portmanteau of the words mock and documentary) is a type of film or television show in which fictional events are presented in documentary style to create a parody. These productions are often used to analyze or comment on current events and issues by using a fictional setting, or to parody the documentary form itself.
We have a lot to accomplish over the next week (our last full week together), so let's work together to make everything work smoothly.
Today we are going to be discussing the genre of documentaries (you can use this worksheet to organize your notes).
I have included the silent film classic documentary "Nanook of the North" (which was made before the term documentary was even coined). In 1989, this film was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
Documentary Addict is an AWESOME curated website for you to check out as we explore the craft of movie making.
You should be well past the initial stages of pre-production for your Culminating Blockbuster. I expect to have been presented with everyone's elevator pitch by the end of tomorrow's class (why wait, let's get them done today!).
Here is the second part of your Culminating Blockbuster that covers all the expectations and rubrics for production and post-production.
Please stay focused and on task. The time will slip by faster than you think.