Documentary Film Editing Practise

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306DFP credit 5 40 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 95 to 120 hours of self-study English winter and summer

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The aim is to present editing as a creative process, forming the final form of a film. Aside from the necessary knowledge of the technology for its execution, editing is an important creating element requiring a specific manner of thinking about film. It is an inseparable complex part of the directing process. Therefore, editing cannot be viewed as an autonomous discipline, and then it would only emphasize its technical aspects in the use of expression tools and techniques in joining individual shots into aesthetic dimensions. Editing is a form of communication taking place through a particular „concept“, „signature“, „editing style“ and a combination of skills.

This course is a workshop in which the students edit several various scenes from raw material of a selected feature film. This covers basic trade knowledge as well as editing aesthetic principles. The program is supplemented by a summaries in lectures and debates. This subject of investigation is the editing of the narrative of a feature film and its particulars.

Editing is explored as an important narrative component requiring a method of thinking that is oriented specifically towards film and is and integral part of the complex process of direction. Accompanied by debate and discussions, in the course students edit several scenes of raw materiál from a fiction film, and acquire basic knowledge of both the craft and the aesthetic principles of narrative film editing.

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DOCUMENTARY rough audiovisual material or rough cut of an existing (archival) movie.

Walter Murch: In the Blink of an Eye

Silman-James Pr; 2. revised edition (2001),

ISBN-10: 1879505622 | ISBN-13: 978-1879505629, 148 pages

Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen - When the shooting stops...the cutting begins

ISBN-10: 0306802724; ISBN-13: 978-0306802720

The Technique of Film Editing

Compiled by Karel Reisz, Gavin Millar Editioni llustrated Publisher Focal Press, 2010

ISBN 0240521854, 9780240521855 Length 346 pages

Evaluation methods and criteria

Quality of the practical exercises, written explication and defense.

80 percent of course attendance.



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