This class will explore the art of storytelling through the aesthetics of film editing. By focusing on the editing process, students will not only learn how to edit their work but also how to better plan the writing, casting, sound design, and shooting of a film to better serve the editing process. Through screenings of award-winning films, informal class discussions with their directors, and exclusive access to raw scenes and footage, students will learn how to conceptualize the entire film production process as well as be introduced to accomplished professionals in the field.
Sample reading list:
Lee Daniels, Precious
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Yasujiro Ozu, Floating Weeds
Kimberly Pierce, Boy’s Don’t Cry
Edet Belzberg, Children Underground
Jehane Noujaim, Control Room
Editing of one narrative and one documentary scene each, from raw footage (25% ‘Other’). Watch and prepare to discuss weekly assigned films. Write one-page, weekly responses to assigned films. Student work-in-progress screenings and critiques.