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The Six-Week Art of Editing Class Now Includes Avid.
The Edit Center students on editing stations

Syllabus

SIX-WEEK COURSE: THE ART OF EDITING

NOTE: This is a sample syllabus only. Specifics vary due to the needs of each class and the details of each class project.

Week 1 Intensive Final Cut Pro Training (10:00-5:00)

Week 2 Begin Class Project
Five-hour editing shifts start this week (9:00-2:30 or 1:30-7:00), cross over time everyday for an hour for tech lectures, scrrenings, guest lecturers etc., and continue for the remainder of the course.

Week 3 Editing Class Project
Special Lecture Topic: Advanced Final Cut Pro Techniques

Week 4 Editing Class Project
Special Lecture Topic: Effects in Final Cut Pro

Week 5 Editing Class Project
Special Guest Lecture Topic: Assistant Editing
Special Lecture Topic: Topics in Assistant Editing

Week 6 Intensive Avid Media Composer Training (5-Hour Shifts Continue)
Special Lecture Topic: Career Paths

Also Screenings and Guest Speakers To Be Announced
Plan on two events per week, either at night (7:15 PM start time) or in
a morning/afternoon overlap (1:30-2:30).

 
WEEK 1

DAY 1
  1. Before We Start
    Introductions & Recommendations
    Books
  2. Lecture: Intro to Final Cut Pro
    Opening Final Cut Pro (the Mac OS)
    Interface Overview
    FCP Editing basics
    The Rough Assembly
  3. Edit Western
DAY 2
  1. Finishing Editing Western
  2. Western Critiques
  3. Lecture: Log & Capture
  4. Log & Capture Tully
  5. Lecture: A Bigger Picture
    System Overview
    Media Management
    Organizing Your Project
DAY 3
  1. Edit Tully
  2. Lecture: Basic Sound Editing
DAY 4
  1. Finish Editing Tully
  2. Tully Critiques
  3. Discussion: How to Cut - and Why?
    What happens when different people edit the same scene?
DAY 5
  1. Tully Courseware
 
WEEK 2

Start editing class project (Director visit TBA)
  1. Day 4 (approximate): Advanced Final Cut Pro Techniques (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Match Frame
    Replace Edit
    Advanced Cutting and Pasting

 
WEEK 3

Continue editing class project (Director visit TBA)

  1. Day 4 (approximate): Advanced Final Cut Pro Techniques (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Default and Favorite Transitions
    Nesting
    Keyboard Review

 

WEEK 4

Continue editing class project (Director Critiques TBA)

  1. Day 4 (approximate): Effects in Final Cut Pro (Special Lecture)
    **Lecture to be designed by student request. Topics may include:
    Keyrames
    Composite Modes
    Advanced Cutting and Pasting
    Mattes
    Filters
    Generators
 
WEEK 5

Continue editing class project (Director Critiques TBA)
  1. Day 3 (approximate): Assistant Editing (Special Guest Lecture)
  2. Day 4 (approximate): Topics in Assistant Editing (Special Lecture)
    16:9 vs. 4:3
    PAL vs. NTSC
    Print to Video vs. Crash Record
    QuickTime Movies
    DV Start/Stop
    Audio Peak Detection
    Media Manager
    EDL, OMF, etc.
    Film workflow
  3. Final Screening of Class Projects
  4. Create Reels


 
WEEK 6

Begin Avid Media Composer Training

"Job Talk"

Class dinner!


SUGGESTED READING

Brenneis, Lisa. Final Cut Pro 7: Visual QuickPro Guide. [This book is distributed in class.]

Dmytryk, Edward. On Film Editing. More info

LoBrutto, Vincent. Selected Takes: Film Editors on Editing. More info

Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. More info

Oldham, Gabriella. First Cut: Conversations With Film Editors. More info

Ondaatje, Michael. The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. More info

Rosenblum, Ralph and Robert Karen. When the Shooting Stops...The Cutting Begins. More info

Rubin, Michael. Nonlinear 4: A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing. More info



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