Film Production – Editor’s Journal

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An editor’s portfolio will be focused on the post-production stage more than most other roles. The main area of focus will be the pacing and rhythm of the final film, and making sure the cut effectively communicates to the audience. Focus in the commentary should be on pacing and narrative rhythm, the creation of tension, as well as editing styles (continuity or montage) and the effects of specific edits (straight cuts, dissolves, fades in and fades out) in terms of narrative purpose. The commentary should be focused on creativity and creation of narrative, mood, and atmosphere rather than discussing how the editor dealt with mistakes. It may be necessary to discuss how the editor used editing to cope with problems that occurred in the shoot. Evidence for the role of editor in this assessment task might involve (but is not limited to) the following.  – Film Assessment Clarification Document 2015 (PDF)

Goal

  • Create a journal documenting each stage of film production

Product

  • Create blog posts (3 total) with embedded media evidence for each of three production stages.

Examples

Explanation

  • Students need to conduct extensive research for the IB Film projects and need experience moving through the workflow of producing films

Production Steps Evidence Requirements

Pre-production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • Test shoots using different focal lengths, camera placement, and so on
  • Evidence of planning with the cinematographer on shot types to help editing
  • Influences of editing from films you have seen – name the editor
  • Notations on storyboards to plan a rough edit plan or pre- visualization
  • Researching the editing program necessary for the specific production

Production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • Evidence of collating rushes from the filming, labelling and storing the footage to enable an organized edit process

Post-production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • Evidence of discussions with the director and justification for choices
  • Test edits
  • Evidence of continued contribution with director
  • Before/after evidence using screenshots of your editing software
  • Before/after evidence of color correction or special effects (such as screenshots of various stages of development)
  • Consideration of how your film could have been improved (without blaming equipment or other people involved)

Schedule

  • Week 1
    • Create a blog post titled, PROJECT NAME Film Pre-Production – Editor’s Journal
      • Create headings for:
        • Summary
        • Test Shots
        • Planning with Cinematographer
        • Influences from Films
        • Storyboard Notation
        • Editing Program
        • What I Learned and Problems I Solved
    • Research material …
    • Explore and select the Cinematic Storytelling conventions you want to highlight in the film from the resources section below
    • Plan and test for editing of the film
    • Fill in evidence for each heading of the blog post
    • Publish blog post
  • Week 2
    • Create a blog post titled, PROJECT NAME Film Production – Editor’s Journal
      • Create headings for:
        • Summary
        • Collating Rushes from The Filming
        • Contribution to the Shooting
        • Challenges Faced During Shooting
        • Assistance Given to The Production Team
        • What I Learned
    • Assist in filming, write notes for editing
    • Fill in evidence for each heading of the blog post
    • Publish blog post
  • Week 3
    • Create a blog post titled, PROJECT NAME Film Post-Production – Editor’s Journal
      • Create headings for:
        • Summary
        • Discussions with Director
        • Test Edits
        • Contributions with The Director
        • Editing Software Screenshots
        • How I Could Have Improved The Film
        • What I Learned and Problems I Solved
    • Edit the film
    • Fill in evidence for each heading of the blog post
    • Publish blog post

Film Language Resources

  • Film language research from Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll
    • Cinematic Storytelling book and web site
      • 4. Editing: Pudovkin’s Five Editing Techniques 
        • 18. Montage
        • 19. Assembly
        • 20. Mise-en-Scéne
        • 21. Intercutting
        • 22. Split Screen
        • 23. Dissolves
        • 25. Smash Cut
      • 8. Scene Transitions (Audio and Visual) 
        • 42. Matching Audio Segue
        • 43. Audio Bridge (Dialog)
        • 44. Audio Bridge (Sound Effects)
        • 45. Visual Match-Cut (Graphic Similarity)
        • 46. Visual Match-Cut (Pattern and Color)
        • 47. Visual Match-Cut Action
        • 48. Visual Match-Cut (Idea)
        • 50. Extended Match Dissolve (Time Transition)
        • 51. Disrupted Match-Cut

Other Resources

Tools

  • iMovie
  • Adobe Premier
  • YouTube Editor

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