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10.5 The Language of Editing

Films and videos are a form of communication, and like any form of communication it has a language with basic rules.

There are three main types of transitions: the cut, fade, and dissolve. A cut is used to take us from one place to another within the same scene to complement camera movements. Fades usually communicate a change in time or place. A dissolve is used to show a change of scene or passage of time.

Moving on from transitions, we have the basic shots: close up, medium, and wide shots. Wide shots – or establishing shots – show us a sense of where our scene is taking place and sets the stage for where the action is. Medium shots take us into focus on the characters and their actions. Close up shots get more intimate with the characters when we want to focus on a character’s action or reaction.

When editing it is also vital to remember that continuity is important when you are cutting on the action. Each scene in an edit has a certain pace, timing, and flow to it. Pacing is also important in the editing room because it can either make the scene great, or make it awkward if the shots are held too long, or not long enough. The editor is responsible for directing the viewer’s eye to the most important visual element on the screen.

If you are going to edit to music, make sure you have the rights to it. Using temporary music to edit with can be helpful to the editor and help with the pacing as you follow the beats of the music. Just be careful not to get too attached!

1.Welcome
2 lessons, 04:58

Free Lesson
1.1
Introduction
01:07

Free Lesson
1.2
"The Laptop Conspiracy" Short Film
03:51

2.Writing Your Script
6 lessons, 11:17

2.1
Why Write?
01:24

2.2
The Elements of Storytelling
02:54

2.3
Getting Ideas and Writing Your First Draft
01:39

2.4
Evaluating your Draft
01:54

2.5
Writing in the Screenplay Format
02:43

2.6
Conclusion
00:43

3.Planning Your Project
5 lessons, 10:39

3.1
Overview of Producer/Director Role
01:06

3.2
Producer Responsibilities
01:29

3.3
Securing Locations
01:14

3.4
Director Responsibilities
00:34

3.5
Breaking Down the Script
06:16

4.Managing Your Production
5 lessons, 07:23

4.1
Management Roles
01:35

4.2
Schedule/Call Sheet
00:51

4.3
Locations
01:40

4.4
Equipment, Props, and Food
01:17

4.5
People
02:00

5.Camera Parts And What They Do
3 lessons, 12:24

5.1
Camera Body
02:29

5.2
Camera Lens
02:45

5.3
Camera Functions
07:10

6.Camera Work And Shooting Principles
5 lessons, 12:21

6.1
Camera Movement
05:52

6.2
Rule of Thirds
00:48

6.3
Eye Line
01:31

6.4
Head Room
02:31

6.5
Lead Room
01:39

7.Lighting Your Scene and Subjects
6 lessons, 09:11

7.1
Backlit Video
01:43

7.2
Three Point Lighting
02:45

7.3
Using a Reflector
00:53

7.4
Practical Lights
00:35

7.5
White Balancing
01:20

7.6
Inverse Square Law
01:55

8.Directing Actors and Crew
6 lessons, 10:58

8.1
What Does a Director Do?
01:23

8.2
Five Characteristics of a Good Director
02:40

8.3
Directing the Camera
00:59

8.4
Film Language
01:23

8.5
Continuity and Filming for the Edit
01:51

8.6
Directing the Actors
02:42

9.Recording on Location Audio
4 lessons, 18:21

9.1
An Introduction to Location Sound
02:14

9.2
Building Your Kit
06:46

9.3
The Art of Booming
02:48

9.4
The Field Mixer/Recorder vs. DSLRs
06:33

10.Editing Principles
9 lessons, 30:37

10.1
Prepping the Edit
01:05

10.2
File Redundancy and Organization
02:16

10.3
Importing and Conforming Assets
08:06

10.4
Editing Principles
01:51

10.5
The Language of Editing
08:27

10.6
Common Editing Pitfalls and Problems
03:13

10.7
Backups and Safety Precautions
02:09

10.8
Reviewing and Locking Your Edit
01:13

10.9
Exporting
02:17

11.Post Production Sound
5 lessons, 26:26

11.1
Introduction to Post-Production Sound
01:27

11.2
Working with Dialogue
05:08

11.3
Advanced Dialogue Editing Techniques
06:42

11.4
Working with Sound Effects
05:52

11.5
Music Spotting and Edits
07:17

12.Effects and Motion Graphics
2 lessons, 09:56

12.1
Motion Graphics
04:35

12.2
Effects
05:21

13.Conclusion
1 lesson, 02:01

13.1
Outro and Credits
02:01