Norman: Before we get going, let's talk about what you need to know before we start. Here's the good news. Because you're not using a specific brand of editing software, and, we're not teaching how to push those buttons. And we're not giving you very specific pieces of footage, it really doesn't matter what you know. If you've got your own footage from something you've created, you can use that to follow along. Doesn't matter if it was shot on an expensive camera, or your mobile phone. It doesn't matter if you've got the top of the line digital editing system or the free one that came with your computer.
I don't care, it's about following along with the concepts, not the technology. We won't really describe to you how to fade up on a piece of music or, how to trim four frames at the top of a shot to cut on action. I will teach you why you would want to do that. Other titles here on lynda.com can teach you how. We're just going to concentrate on the why. Now one more thing before we get going. The samples that you'll see in this course come from a variety of places.
Some of them are short films produced by students. Some are projects that you may have seen in other lynda.com courses. Some are important historical films that are used in classrooms all over the world. And a few, have been contributed by other filmmakers. When possible, we'll provide a link where you can view those movies online, but even if you aren't able to see the entire movie don't worry about it. This course is all about understanding story before you start editing. So we are going to talk about each of those films stories, so that we can identify how we want to edit the scenes that we're going to show.
With that in mind, I think we're ready to get going. So just sit back and start learning the art of editing.
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.
- 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