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Assuming you have read the manual, and/or have experienced the mechanics of tape to tape editing - or NLE computer editing systems. We go to the practice of editing with this lesson, it is a study of the work of other individuals. The editor of a program, makes it or breaks it, and the best written and performed and taped program can be made awful if poorly put together in editing. This set of exercises, will give you the intellectual tools to apply to the camera application lessons which follow. As you follow through the lesson exercises on camera work, editing the project should always be in the back of your mind, and many decisions should be made thinking of how your final tape will appear.
On the plus side of this you will have the opportunity to really study your favorite, movies and televison programs. Your goal is do to your editing as well as the best.
Editing has these basic elements, all of which must be considered in the production of your Lessons. Some of your lessons will have little or no post production editing - but the majority will require you to choose:
1. Titles
2. Transitions
3. Visual effects
4. Voice Over
5. Sound effects
6. Music
7. Scene length

The disecting movies, and television programs is the simplest method of coming to an understanding of the need and process of editing.


COPY from the television
1. Videotape your favorite soap opera
2. Videotape a news, sports , weather broadcast
3. Videotape an action Television program
4. Videotape a sitcom

1. a classic film noir film
2. a musical
3. a high action thriller modern with digitial effects
4. a classic Shakespeare production

Write a paper which has the following lists, and discriptions 1. Title style
2. type of open to the program
3. Amount of music - how used -
4. Most films will use 'FOLEY' for sound - note how the sound is constructed - think how your video would be if the sound was redubbed in the studio and all effects created and added in editing
5. What transitions are used between scenes - list the types and number of each -
6. time the space between spoken dialogues - describe what filled in.
7. digital effects - what were they and how were they used - what effect did it have on the viewer.
8. time the individual scenes - explain the uses of long and short scenes -
9. Explain relative time, as experienced by the viewer, with relation to individual portions of the video/film being reviewed.
10. Explain the effect of B/W - Sepia - tinted - Full color in the various reviews.
11. Describe the use of camera movement - count the scenes where the camera moves and contrast that with the number of scenes where the camera is stationary. This includes booms, trucks, dollys, tilts, pans, and zooms. 12. Describe the use of any different form of camera placement or movement. 13. Count and contrast the tripod shots to the hand held shots.

The purpose of these exercises, and subdivisions of these film/videos is to expose you to the use of the various elements of the production. You will be making decisions throughout the pre-production, production, and post-production process.

The majority of all your editing will be done NLE or In-Camera. For those of you who will be using tape to tape systems - (cuts only and A-B Roll systems)I will suggest you learning an obslete system, and the exercise of learning on the equipment you are working with will better prepair you for NLE systems.

My comment on editing is the majority of scene changes you will use are 'CUTS' and all other transitions will be found used minimally and for special reasons. Therefor the single system deck to deck systems will be of special importance for you as an editor. Because for a many productions you will be able to utilize this editing process to advantage when time is of importance.

For those of you who will be attending classes we will illustrate much of this in class, those of you at home should take the time to write the reports as I have suggested above. By studying these productions you will have a solid understanding of editing.
Finally - look at the credits and copy down the entire list of a few of the films your reviewed - this will give you a better understanding of the size of the crews, and the various duties which have to be performed for a successful production.
TBC to be continued