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Foundations of Video: The Art of Editing
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Foundations of Video: The Art of Editing

with Norman Hollyn

Video: Welcome

(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.
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  1. 11m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 57s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 52s
    3. Defining terms
      7m 39s
  2. 44m 53s
    1. Exploring the history of editing
      3m 40s
    2. Controlling what the audience sees
      2m 39s
    3. Introducing the Rule of Threes
      7m 54s
    4. Introducing the Lean Forward Moment
      13m 26s
    5. Identifying the log line
      5m 25s
    6. Performing script and scene analysis
      4m 57s
    7. Using the script and notes to determine cuts
      6m 52s
  3. 34m 47s
    1. Coming up with an editing plan
      5m 10s
    2. Creating your first cut
      9m 44s
    3. Understanding when to cut and when not to cut
      7m 43s
    4. Exploring the impact of cutting on and off camera dialogue
      3m 54s
    5. Smoothing edits by manipulating the viewer's attention
      2m 32s
    6. Keeping things fresh through multiple screenings
      5m 44s
  4. 21m 18s
    1. Understanding the value of recutting
      9m 15s
    2. Exploring the collaborative recutting process
      5m 7s
    3. Working with scenes without dialogue
      6m 56s
  5. 55m 24s
    1. Shaping moments with music
      8m 33s
    2. Defining music and sound terms
      5m 59s
    3. Finding the place for music
      6m 55s
    4. Finding the right piece of music
      4m 7s
    5. Choosing music for style and tone
      5m 31s
    6. Performing internal editing of music
      7m 7s
    7. Creating a world with sound design
      8m 30s
    8. Combining sound design and music
      8m 42s
  6. 43m 36s
    1. Comedy
      8m 44s
    2. Action
      7m 4s
    3. Television and episodic
      8m 13s
    4. Documentary
      8m 32s
    5. Commercial
      6m 3s
    6. Music video
      5m 0s
  7. 13m 42s
    1. Understanding style
      7m 51s
    2. Mixing styles together
      5m 51s
  8. 2m 7s
    1. Next steps
      2m 7s

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Foundations of Video: The Art of Editing
3h 47m Appropriate for all Aug 30, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the history of video editing
  • Controlling what the audience sees
  • Identifying the logline
  • Performing script and scene analysis
  • Coming up with an editing plan
  • Cutting from on-camera to off-camera action
  • Understanding the value of recutting
  • Shaping moments with music
  • Working in a specific genre
  • Mixing editing styles together
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Author:
Norman Hollyn

Welcome

(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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