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Basic Concepts of Film & Video Editing

CEC and Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute via Swayam


The course will deal with a very crucial part of the post production process of filmmaking i.e. editing. The course briefly touches the history of editing, its invention and application and how it has influenced the language of cinema. Although editing is considered an art by many, one has to have a thorough technical knowledge of the science of editing to be able to join shots together. The course has explanation of basic joining of shots to understanding complex narrative structures and how they unconsciously make a film work. At the end of the course, the student should be in a position to edit his or her own simple narrative film.



Week 1
1: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-I)
2: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-2)
3: Basic Concepts of Editing (Part-3)

Week 2
4: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-1)
5; Creative Role of the Editor (Part-2)
6: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-3)

Week 3
7: Creative Role of the Editor (Part-4)
8: Basic Aspects of Film Editing
9: Techniques of Joining Two Shots

Week 4
10: Match Cut, Invisible Cut etc
11: Imaginary Line, 30 Degree Rule etc
12: Methods and techniques

Week 5
13: Narrativisation
14: Digital Editing Software and Equipment
15: Editing Basics Part-1

Week 6
16: Editing Basics Part -2
17: FCP Introduction
18: Interface

Week 7
19: Capturing and Transferring Video ,
20: Basic editing Functions
21: Image Sizes, Settings and Motion Tab

Week 8
22: Manipulations
23: Audio, Key Framing and Text
24: Colour Correction & Chroma Keying25: Short Cuts and Exports

Taught by

Saikat Sekhareswar Ray

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