Film 5: Advanced Post-Production Workshop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NFLM 3690
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Directing
  • Film & Video Production
This course is an overview of the entire postproduction and finishing process for students who have completed shooting a short film project. Techniques of film editing using AVID Media Composer are reviewed. Individuals edit their own projects, which range from narrative films to documentaries, experimental films, and hybrid pieces. The editing experience may vary greatly depending on the nature of the project. Class time is devoted to editing exercises, lectures, group discussions, screenings, and presentations by guest film professionals. Topics discussed and demonstrated include creating rhythm; dramatic arc and character emphasis in scenes; cutting on, after, and before movement; match cutting; symbolic and thematic editing; and A&B cutting for documentaries. The class also explores sound editing and design, color correction, screening formats for festivals, standard industry mastering options, and distribution. Prerequisite: Film 4 or permission of the instructor. Students must bring to the first session their own HD video or 16mm film footage ready to edit. This course was formerly called The Art of Editing: Finishing a Film. If you have taken that course, do not take this one; it is the same course.
Course Open to: Degree Students