Prerequisite: TVR-7 or comparable experience in Television or Film Production

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Pasadena City College


Spring, 2012 – Mondays and Wednesdays 2-4:40 – Room C124 – Section # 4367

Instructor: Roberta Shaw

Phone: (campus extension) 626-585-7216 Mailbox in Rm. C121 Email: – *this is the best way to reach me

Division Office: Dept. of Performing Arts and Communications – C121. Office Hours – Room C124 – Mondays 10:30-11:30 on dates listed below: 3.5.12; 3.26.12; 4.9.12; 5.7.12; 5.28.12; 6.4.12

Course Description: Introductory theory and application of editing techniques using the Avid Editing System. The course is an overview of the editing process, digitizing, and editing of scenes.

Prerequisite: TVR-7 or comparable experience in Television or Film Production

Credits: 36 hrs. lecture and 54 hrs. laboratory - Credits 3.0 - Credit course taken for letter grade only. Student Learning Outcomes:

• Discuss the evolution of video and film editing theory and technology. • Identify the components and procedures of the edit room workflow.

• Recognize and use basic techniques applied to the edit decision-making process. • Operate typical non-linear edit room computer and peripheral hardware and software. • Navigate the Avid Editing System interface.

• Edit 6-7 short pieces/scenes for skill development and content, utilizing concepts of the editing process and the basic tools available with the Avid Editing System.

Student Performance Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Discuss the evolution of video and film editing theory and technology. • Identify the components of edit room workflow.

• Recognize and fundamentally analyze applications of the edit decision making process. • Operate typical non-linear edit room hardware and software.

• Navigate the Avid Editing System Interface.

• Edit short scenes or promotionals for content, utilizing concepts of the editing process and the basic tools available with the Avid Editing System.

Method of Instruction:

The technical and theoretical concepts of the course are presented by way of: • lectures

• course website:

*Students are expected to regularly use the course website from home to locate reading materials, supplemental lessons, announcements, and assignments

• software demonstrations

• readings and discussions about the historical and craft-related issues of editing *Note – Most reading materials will be posted on the course website

• viewing and responding to work produced in class • hands-on editing with instructor assistance

• oral presentations by students on editing techniques


Students can miss 2 CLASSES BEFORE THEIR GRADE IS AFFECTED. • After the second absence, each absence will lower your grade by 2.5%. • 3 tardies = 1 absence

Students must ARRIVE ON TIME and MUST STAY and WORK for the entire class time to receive full credit for the day.

Dropping the Course:

• The last day to drop the course without a W is Saturday 9/10. • Last day to drop WITHOUT a W is Saturday, 3/3/12

• Last day to drop WITH a W is Saturday, 5/11/12

It is ABSOLUTELY your responsibility to add the course on time and to drop the class if you don’t plan to continue. Students who do not drop the class and stop coming will most likely end-up with an “F” on their report card.

• Do yourself and your GPA a favor and drop the class on time!!! Required Materials:

Instructional Reader – Available from instructor – $5 – WHAT A DEAL!!! *REQUIRED DVD Read/Write disks – You should buy a packet or spindle of DVD-R disks to have on-hand

throughout the quarter – available at bookstore, Staples, Best Buy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.. • Thumb/Flash Drive – Any size flash drive will provide students a quick and convenient method of

backing up their PROJECT files (not your media). Also available at above. Requirements:

3 Credit Hours

• Class participation including attendance and discussion (after 2 absences grade drops 2.5% for each absence)

• Completion of reading assignments before next class meeting

• 2 tests on technical and theoretical concepts being covered during the course

• 5 editing projects compiled from provided content and editing objectives – assignments and due dates will be given in writing throughout the semester, but projected due dates are listed in course outline below.

• One ORAL class presentation on an editing strategy.

• One final TRAILER project compiled from provided content (a film) and editing objectives. Students that do not turn-in their final project during the class final meeting will automatically receive “0” points for their final project – that’s 20% of your grade!

*SEE Course Outline below for TEST DATES and PROJECT DUE DATES. DATES are subject to change!

Course Etiquette:

• Students are expected to show-up at 2pm sharp for class, and to stay and work diligently through the entire class period.

Leaving early is not an option, unless you have an emergency or special situation that you need to tell the instructor about beforehand.

Talking on cell phones and texting is absolutely not allowed.

NO FOOD or DRINK allowed…drinks can be placed on top of the file cabinet at front of class. • When viewing projects all students must STOP WORKING and give their colleagues their

undivided attention.

• Students must treat other students and their creativity with respect. Only constructive criticism is permitted in this classroom. Any mean spirited or unsupportive commentary may result in expulsion from the class.

Work in this lab as a team member, supporting other students with help, sharing of equipment, cooperation in team exercises.


Always LOG-OFF of computers and push chairs-in at end of class. • Students are NOT permitted to work during other class times.

• No sleeping in class.

Students are expected to follow the guidelines of assignments. Students who MOCK or go way off the track of the assignment will be given no points for their assignment.

Basic description of assignments:

Each assignment will be graded on a 10 point scale and then the assignments will be weighted according to the following breakdown:

10% WANNA TRADE: This is the editing of a dialogue scene, where students become familiar with basic cutting tools of the AVID system. Students are asked to create a dynamic dialogue scene exercises basic tenants of classical dramatic editing.

5% LEVERAGE: Students will be trimming a rough cut of this dialogue scene, and inserting cutaways. Trim, slip, slide and patching will be the techniques at work, and students will strive to tweak this sequence into an organic and energetic scene.

10% RAINFOREST: In this exercise students will cut together a public service announcement to SAVE THE RAINFORESTS. Montage techniques for connecting shots will be the foundation of this exercise, and students will begin using Motion Effects and other basic filters.

10% CAFÉ BIALETTI: Students will create a 30 second commercial for the Bialetti Espresso Kettle with provided raw footage. Compacting time, editing to music, mixing multiple sound sources, and working with effects will all be put to work in this pursuit to sell the product.

10% ECO CHALLENGE: Students will create a 45 – 1minute long commercial exercising documentary techniques including: the sound bite, cutting b-roll over interviews, connecting documentary footage with montage editing ideas. Ultimately students need to sell this Outdoor Eco Camp to viewers.

10% ORAL PRESENTATION: Instructor will begin giving students a topic and date for their presentation starting the 3rd week of classes. Each student will have 2 weeks to prepare for her presentation. Students will be given 5-10 minutes of class time to present an oral presentation on an editing approach, tradition or style. Students should provide a context for the tradition that they are discussing, including any formal names for the techniques or style being discussed, and as much historical/cultural background as possible. Students should show examples of the form that they are discussing, and are encouraged to integrate a class discussion into their presentation. Students will use the instructor station to deliver their presentation. They can use Power Point, or just show clips from YouTube, other web sites or DVD.

20% TEST #1 and TEST #2: A 2 part exam testing students on all class information up to time of the exam. Part one is 20 multiple choice questions testing on historical and theory of editing, editing terminology, and terms/procedures on the AVID. Part 2 is a test taken on the AVID, where students complete 10 tasks on a given project. Students who miss the test MUST contact instructor via e-mail to make arrangements for making-up the test. (see topical outline for test dates) 10% QUALITY OF CLASS PARTICIPATION: Attendance is strongly considered in

this grade, including timeliness, and a strong work ethic that keeps you working ALL THE WAY THROUGH CLASS. This 10% of your grade is based on how focused and active your participation is in class, including the ability to always work diligently during class hours, to pay attention to class lectures, to speak-up during class critiques and discussions, and to support your co-workers (other


students) in our PCC AVID editing suite. This is somewhat of a vocational class, and you are being graded on how good of an editor and asset you would be on a job. You should approach this class with the same kind of commitment and professional demeanor that would be expected of you if you were being a paid editor.

15% FINAL TRAILER PROJECT: You will be editing a 1.5 to 2.5 minute long trailer for a provided film. You will be expected to follow some basic criteria for a trailer that is covered in class, and ultimately will be expected to edit together a moving, compelling, and dynamic trailer that sells the movie. All of the techniques that we cover in this course should be at work here. Students that do not turn-in their final project during the class final meeting will automatically receive “0” points for their final project – that’s 20% of your grade!

Extra Credit - 5% possible – Students will have the opportunity to increase their class points by writing a paper deconstructing an editing sequence or editing an extra-credit project approved by instructor. This extra-credit paper is due NO LATER THAN the last Thursday of instruction – that’s

Thursday, December 8. Evaluation:

Students are evaluated on their ability to achieve the course objectives and fulfill the course requirements.


Grades are determined on the following basis:

• Quality of class participation, including class discussions and critiques 10%

• Test grades (2 tests - %10 each) 20%

• Editing Projects (5 projects – 10% for 4; 5% for 1) 45%

• Class Presentation on an editing strategy 10%

• Final project grade 15%

Selected Bibliography and Articles:

Dancyger, Ken. The Technique of film and Video editing – Theory and Practice – 2nd edition. 1997 Button, Bryce. Nonlinear Editing: Storytelling, Aesthetics, & Craft. San Francisco: CPM Books, 2002. Chandler, Gael – Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know. Studio City,

CA: Michael Wise Productions, 2009. Dmytryk, Edward. On Film Editing. 1984.

Hullfish, Steve & Fowler, Jaime . Avid Xpress Pro Editing Workshop. San Francisco: CPM Books, 2005.

Kaufman, Sam. Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning & Intermediate Users Focal Press, 2003.

Kleiler, David. You stand there : making music video /1st ed. New York : Three Rivers Press, c1997. LoBrutto, Vincent Selected takes : film editors on editing / foreword by Robert Wise New York :

Praeger, 1991

Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye. Beverly Hills; Silman-James Press, 1995. Pearlman, Karen. Cutting Rhythms. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2009.

Purcell, John. Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures: A Guide to the Invisible Art. Focal Press, 2007. Thompson, Roy.Grammar of the edit. London ; New York : Focal Press, 1993.

Rosenblum, Ralph. When the shooting stops ... the cutting begins : a film editor's story . New York : Viking Press, 1979

Reisz, Karl: The Technique of Film Editing: Gavin Millar, 1995 Von Stijll, Jennifer. Cinematic Storytelling. Weise, 2005. Selected Viewings:


24 – Behind the Scenes - The Editing Process. Directed by Bruce Bilson. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation – DVD – 2005.

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing. TCEP, INC. – DVD - 2004.

Excerpts will be viewed from various films and commercials throughout the quarter.

Topical Outline for TVR 141A – DIGITAL NON-LINEAR VIDEO EDITING 1 Pasadena City College – SPRING, 2012 – Instructor, Roberta Shaw

*This course outline is subject to change. Duedates for assignments will be confirmed as each assignment is handed-out. Please stay tuned for updates!

Week 1 – FEB 22 Course Introduction

Avid’s roots and the editing workflow

Classical narrative editing /seamless editing Week 2 – FEB 27, 29

Lab/Equipment overview

Introduction to Avid Media Composer interface Basic Editing

Trimming on the timeline

Grammar of the edit/Classical Narrative editing START ASSIGNMENT #1 – WANNA TRADE Week 3 – MARCH 5, 7

L-Cuts and Overlap edits Cross Dissolves; Cross Fades Basic audio editing

Adding transitions , Rendering Week 4 – MARCH 12, 14

Fine Tuning with Trimming and Slip and Slide Working with Multiple Tracks; Patching


Week 5 – MARCH 19, 21

FINISH Ass. #2 LEVERAGE TWEAK Due WED. 3.21 – START OF CLASS Customizing your Keyboard – User Profile

Montage Editing/Types of transitions START ASSIGNMENT #3 - RAINFOREST Week 6 – MARCH 26, 28

Motion, Freeze Effects, Effects– i.e, slowing, speeding, reversing and still frames Adjusting Audio

Making a Basic Slate Week 7 – APRIL 2, 4

FINISH ASS. #3 – RAINFOREST – Due Monday 4/2 Start of Class TEST REVIEW (MONDAY)


TEST #1 – WED. APRIL 4 – Technical, historical, theoretical comprehensive Week 8 – APRIL 9, 11

Understanding Timecode; Logging and Digitizing Cutting on action

Editing the commercial

Outputting sequences to tape and DVD

Audio Editing - Editing and mixing multiple audio elements Titling


Nesting Effects

Project Management Issues


Week 10 – APRIL 30, MAY 2 Documentary techniques

Advanced Audio Editing Techniques Week 11 – MAY 7, 9


Adding a Leader

Media Management and Using the Avid Attic Week 12 – MAY 14, 16


Understanding linked media, “online” “offline” “relinking” “recapturing” Color Correction


TEST #2 – WED. MAY 16 Technical, historical, theoretical taught since Test #1 Week 13 – MAY 21, 23


Work on Final Project

Week 14 – MAY 28 - MEMORIAL DAY, NO CLASS), MAY 30 Working with Producers/Directors

WORKING on Final Project