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Introduction to Filmmaking: Editing

Weekly Class for Adults

Introduction

Editing is often referred to as a ‘second chance to direct.’ This is where all the raw footage and potential for a film comes together to be shaped into a finished article. An understanding of editing is a crucial skill for any want-to-be filmmaker.

The course aims to provide an insight into the professional world of film editing, giving participants the opportunity to use industry standard software, be introduced to the terminology and create their own edit of a film.

The footage that will be edited together will have been shot in the previous class Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes.

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Understand how to load and log all footage
  • How to safely back up all files
  • How to use the production paperwork to assist the editing process
  • How to import music, audio and images into a project
  • How to mix and set audio levels
  • How to select the correct shots to achieve the proper look and feel of the film
  • How to export a finished film into a DVD or for upload to a personal website

This ten week course is directly connected to the Introduction to Filmmaking: Story Development and the Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes evening courses. You can apply for the full year, or for individual terms depending on experience and interest.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

Introduction

Editing is often referred to as a ‘second chance to direct.’ This is where all the raw footage and potential for a film comes together to be shaped into a finished article. An understanding of editing is a crucial skill for any want-to-be filmmaker.

The course aims to provide an insight into the professional world of film editing, giving participants the opportunity to use industry standard software, be introduced to the terminology and create their own edit of a film.

The footage that will be edited together will have been shot in the previous class Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes.

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Understand how to load and log all footage
  • How to safely back up all files
  • How to use the production paperwork to assist the editing process
  • How to import music, audio and images into a project
  • How to mix and set audio levels
  • How to select the correct shots to achieve the proper look and feel of the film
  • How to export a finished film into a DVD or for upload to a personal website

This ten week course is directly connected to the Introduction to Filmmaking: Story Development and the Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes evening courses. You can apply for the full year, or for individual terms depending on experience and interest.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

Course outline

The course aims to provide an insight to the professional world of film editing, giving participants the opportunity to use industry standard software which is used for a variety of genres from television soap operas to blockbuster feature films.

The first weeks of the course will focus on the technical aspects of editing, with all footage being loaded, logged and tagged in a new editing project. Once this is completed the students will begin to create a rough cut of their footage. Throughout this process there will be many opportunities for feedback.

In the final weeks of the course students will finesse their cuts and begin to work with the huge number of post effects that are on offer. This will include basic colour correction and grading and the use of filters and transitions.

During the final weeks students will explore creative problem solving to overcome any technical or continuity issues that the film may have. There will be opportunity for students to re-shoot small sections and re-record dialogue, as well as some basic Foley work to record sound effects to aid the finished film.

Throughout the course scenes from classic and contemporary cinema will be watched and analysed, focusing on both the stylistic choices made, but also the storytelling techniques that the different directors and editors have used.

As students are working on their own version of the film the course can be tailored to their specific needs and skills. The course will provide a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all participants can explore and learn.

 

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this open access course, although having attended Introduction to Filmmaking: Story Development and/or Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes would be beneficial.

Preparing for your course

There is no preparation required before attending the course. Students are advised to bring a notepad and pen for note taking.

At a glance...

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Who is this course for?

This course is both for people who have never picked up a camera or used editing software before and for those who wish to develop skills in specific areas of filmmaking.

The most important student attribute is a passion for filmmaking and a desire to be creative.

The course will also suit professionals from other backgrounds who wish to gain experience in filmmaking.

Teaching staff

Duncan Sanders

Duncan Sanders graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with First Class Honours in Digital Film and Television. During his time at the Conservatoire he was lucky enough to meet and work with artists as diverse as Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Ghandi) James McAvoy (X-Men Days of Future Past, Atonement) and Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Godzilla)

Since graduation he has worked as a workshop facilitator and film maker, collaborating with companies such as the Lyceum Theatre, Fresh Creations, Lifelong Learning and the Junior Conservatoire of Film, where he has been a Filmmaking tutor and lecturer for the better part of six years. He has devised and delivered courses covering the practical, technical and theory side of film making.