Have A Great Holiday… And Get Busy!

Have a great holiday… and if you want something to do that’ll give you a head start on your rivals in the cut-throat world of film-making… check this out! Introducing AVID Media Composer|First. This is a biggy… actually, it’s a BIGGY!

AVID is the industry standard video editing software, and now you can learn the basics for free. Even better, it allows 4 video tracks and 8 audio tracks which should be more than enough for you to create an awesome product…

The historic downside with AVID has been the really steep learning curve. AVID say that this entry level version is much easier for beginners, but the great news is the skills you will pick up are transferable to all versions of AVID… That said, it is not a programme you will pick up by blasting through the instructions the night before you try a final edit, so if you want a worthwhile (and fun) project for the break, get some filming done, and start teaching yourself how to edit like the pros.

And I’ve kept the best bit till last. AVID Media Composer|First is free. No moneys needed… nothing… so what you waiting on? For what it’s worth, I’ve only ever played with AVID, but I’m downloading it as well and plan to teach myself the basics between now and August. Feel free to do the same, and post your thoughts/questions/discoveries in the comments. 🙂

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Framing and Montage

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As promised, here is the handout version of the slides from today. The key things to remember are the difference between editing and montage, and to have an understanding of how montage can be used to advance the story. The documentary I referenced is The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (<- Clickable link to YouTube), and the clips I used came from the following films:

You should also carry out a YouTube search for things like Rocky Training Montage for other examples of montage being used to shorten time. Feel free to share any interesting montages you find in the comments.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: October Workshop – THURSDAY 22nd!

NEW DATE

Hi everyone… There’s a new date for the workshop. It will now take place on THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER. The plan is to start at about 9:30am with a session on cameras and filming. There’ll be some simple exercises for you to carry out that should improve your filming. Then, we’ll break for a bite of food at about 12. The afternoon session will start about 12:30 and will cover basic editing skills. I’m aiming to finish about 3pm.

filepicker-vawFINbnQJ2Szh0ngW4t_movie_cameraYou will need to sign in and out at the desk next to the janitor’s office in the main concourse. 🙂

While I will be able to provide some cameras and lights, you would be advised to bring your own equipment as much as possible… and this is especially true for the basic editing in the afternoon. Ideally, you should bring your own laptop with some video editing software on it. Leave me a comment if you need help with this… preferably sooner rather than later.

I’m looking forward to a useful day that should set you up nicely for the actual filming.

 

And… Action!

Given that some of you will be using Final Cut Express (FCE) to edit your films, I thought I’d just post this link for you. It’s an excellent series of training videos/tutorials for FCE from the rather good IzzyVideo site. You’ll notice that Izzy charges for his more up-to-date tutorials but the FCE course is available for free online. The videos are hosted on YouTube as well as on his website, but I’d recommend using his site as there are other hints and tips kicking around on it.

LINK: Learn Final Cut Express

Enjoy!

The Engines Cannae Take It…

Hi class,

Thanks for trying to make sense of what I was doing…  think we’ve all realised I was being far too ambitious. That said, it’ll allow me to hone the idea.

Here are the initial ‘rules’ with slight revisions.

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And here is the sheet with all the cards on it. I’ve already realised I have too many ‘People Cards’, and I think they are too specific, so they will be changed very quickly.Click this link to download => Read All About It

As you know, this is a work in progress, and I already have several ideas for making it work better, but I’d really appreciate any thoughts you have. Once I can get this working, I’m intending having it printed onto playing cards so it is much easier to use. We’ll look at actual Press judgements tomorrow. You can have a look for yourself by visiting the old Press Complaints Commission adjudication page here: PCC Adjudication Page.

Enjoy!

For Pity’s Sake… Think Of The Baby!

And, talking about editing, here are the two clips I showed. The first is from Act IV of Battleship Potemkin (dir. Sergei Eisenstein, Russia, 1925). The Odessa Steps clip is one of the most famous in film history because on a technical level it broke new ground in editing and montage.

The second is an homage to Battleship Potemkin and comes from The Untouchables (dir. Brian De Palma, USA, 1987).

The parallels are obvious (the steps, the baby in the pram, sailors). This is an example of a technique called intertextuality. A prior text is used to shape and inform a new text… or put another way… when you see something in a film (or any other text) and it reminds you of something else, you should consider whether it is evidence of intertextuality. As a final wee example, consider this interesting reading of Terminator: Salvation and its use of intertextuality. Enjoy! 🙂