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.
Working on footage shot as part of the Short Course ‘Shooting Scenes’ participants will have their choice between two scenes to edit, they can choose either, or try and get a working cut of both if they fancy the challenge.
The in-person 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.
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 various formats for a variety of outputs
You will be assessed through:
- Final completed edited scene (50%)
- 1000 word evaluation of edited scene (50%)
Credit-rated short courses are designed in accordance with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
By studying a credit-rated short course, students can benchmark their learning against national standards, and credits may be used towards further education programmes at many institutions throughout the world.
The course consists of 30 contact hours as well as additional independent study.
It is worth 10 SCQF credits and 5 ECTS credits. This course is set at SCQF level 6.
The course has ten, taught sessions. There will be an evening where the editing software will be available for students to work with – but will not featuring any of the course curriculum. This is an opportunity for those who may have to miss an evening to catch up.
The submission date will also not be a taught session, rather it will be final block of time should students require it to complete their edits. For an outline, please see the Indicative Schedule
As part of the National Transition Training Fund through the Scottish Funding Council, there are a limited number of fully-funded places available for Scottish domiciled learners. These funded places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are for people who have been financially impacted through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please see Financial Support for details of further available support and how to apply.
If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key elements involved in practical editing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of storytelling and tone and the impact of these in the editing process.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyse the final scene with reference to editing theory.
You will be assessed through:
- Final completed edited scene (50%)
- 1000 word evaluation of the final edited scene (50%)
Assessment is Pass/Fail.
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.
There are no formal entry requirements for this open access course. We require students to submit an application and detail their reason and experience before they are offered a place on the course.
There is no preparation required before attending the course. Students are advised to bring a notepad and pen for note taking.
This course will run weekly, from 18th August until 20th October.
Submission Date – 20th October
The final film needs to be submitted by 9pm on the 20th of October. This final class is an opportunity for students to finalize their edit and hand in their final film. It will not be a taught class, rather it is about having access to the editing software to complete the hand in, should that be required.
As part of the National Transition Training Fund through the Scottish Funding Council, there are a limited number of fully-funded places available for Scottish domiciled learners, aged 25+. These funded places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and are for people who have been financially impacted through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please apply through our online form: National Transition Training Fund – Application Form
Please note that a separate application must also be made for a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Credit Rated Short Course at the time of applying for funding. You can apply for your chosen course by clicking Apply Now on the course page.
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 Short 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.