Crafting the Scene
Taught by Liz Tate
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- April 2010
- 6 hours 28 minutes
Leading the course is Liz Tate, returning to fxphd after requests from members who took her first offering. A veteran commercial editor, Tate has worked on accounts such as American Express, Philip Morris, Southwest Airlines, Bally, and Crate&Barrel. Tate began her career at Avenue Edit in Chicago, where she worked for 20 years. She now is a co-owner of Hootenanny editorial, which was founded in 2008 with partner Jim Annerino.
Class 1We focus on the conventions of editing: continuity, assembly,intercutting, jump cuts, match cuts, and mise-en-scene.
Class 2The comedy scene is dissected, as shown through movie examples and the cutting of two comedy spots. Pacing, performance, setting up the joke, and reaction shots are discussed.
Class 3The drama scene has many challenges: pacing, character development, and story telling. We give you concrete pointers on how to address each of these elements. The work of editor Dede Allen is discussed. Project 1 for students is handed out.
Class 4The problem scene. We discuss the problem solving involved when your footage is lacking the shots you need. We interview an editor of an independent film to find out what problems he had, and what his solutions were to fix them. Dialogue replacement, creating alternate focal lengths, and sound problems are discussed, as well as when a reshoot is warranted.
Class 5We look at how to build suspense up to a pivotal moment. How does the order, content and composition of shots create tension? The use of music, pov shots, and setup scenes are examined.
Class 6Project 1 review: Students’ first project is critiqued. Project 2 is handed out.
Class 7The compositing scene: What is an editor’s role when you are cutting a visual effects scene? We edit a vfx scene together, including compositing the rough scene in After Effects. Discussion of the pre-production process, as well as how to prep for the final compositing.
Class 8The action scene: We examine what goes in to creating an arresting action sequence. We edit a fast-paced scene, complete with sound design, and discuss the role of sound in the editorial process.
Class 9The lyrical scene: The lyrical scene shows up in many mediums: music video, brand commercials, a montage in a film. It can be simply eye-candy, or tell a story. We center in on creating scenes that have a structure through thematic themes, composition, or pacing. Music editing is also discussed, with some tips on how to edit a track to specific length.
Class 10Assignment 2 submissions are reviewed.