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One of the most integral parts of filmmaking happens after the camera stops rolling. In fact, the way that you edit your footage together is what tells—and sells—the story to your audience. Learn how to examine a script, review your material, and shape raw footage into a work of art in this course with longtime film and TV veteran Norman Hollyn.
Start with an overview of concepts like the rule of threes, review a sampling of footage from films past and present, and then dive into script analysis. Find out when and when not to make cuts, how to collaborate with clients and directors during recutting, and how to ground the emotional backdrop for your piece with music and sound. Norman closes with a look at adapting to different genres and filmic styles.
(Music) Hello. My name is Norman Hollyn and welcome to The Art of Editing. I'm going to take you on a tour of what makes filmmaking so special to me: editing. By the time you finish this course, you should be able to examine a script and figure out how to shape it to best tell the story that you want to tell. None of this is going to be specific to any particular brand of editing software, so it doesn't matter if you're using Avid, Final Cut, Premiere, or any of a dozen other editing programs.
It's all about the thought process and the story. I'll start out by introducing some basic terms, some of which are mine and some of which are common film terms. And don't worry; I'll tell you which ones are which. We'll look at a lot of film examples--historical and recent--to help you understand them. Then I"ll show you how to use these concepts to make editing decisions, using two students films as examples. We'll then examine how music and sound will strongly affect how your audience reacts to your projects. (breathing.) Finally, we'll look at how these tools work across various genres, making scenes funny in a comedy, creating real- life stories in a documentary, telling effective short short stories in commercials, and how your approach to storytelling might change when you're creating a music video.
I hope that by the end of this course you'll have a much more concrete idea of how to look at a script, see your story, and figure out how to shape it in the shooting and the editing so your audience will feel the same story that you feel. So now, please join me as we get started with Foundations of Video: The Art of Editing.
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