Week 3: Constructing Time: Continuity Editing


This lecture looks at the one of the most fundamental components of the cinematic language: editing. It introduces the development of continuity editing in early mainstream films. It examines how multiple images are sequenced in moving image works to create different sense of temporal flow. These techniques are the grammar and syntax of the cinematic language. The lecture also gestures towards another approach to editing: discontinuity editing which will be explored further in week 9.

Week 3 Lecture links: http://aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w3.html


This workshop:

  • introduces the basics to digital non-linear editing (DNLE)
  • analyses how a continuous time is created through the sequencing of individual shots
  • provides an opportunity to make your own ‘trick films’

Exercise: Basic digital non-linear editing
Principles of Digital Non-Linear Editing or Digital Video Editing (e.g. non-destructive of media, referencing media files etc.)
Software introduction (to Adobe Premiere)

Exercise: Shot-by-shot analysis
Have a look at the short footage provided: can you spot where the cuts are? Reverse-engineeer the scene, and write down or sketch out the shots that make up the scene. Describe these shots with the standard term (e.g. extreme close up, close up, mid shot, long shot/ wide shot etc.). Do these shots portray actions? Where are the cuts?

Exercise: Make a trick film
Based on your analysis, create a simple script/ shot list for a 10 – 20 seconds ‘trick film’
In a group of 3, gather footage to make a trick film
Edit your footage together on Premiere to make a trick film

Exercise: Video compression (submission walk through and testing)
Brief introduction to video compression

  • What is compression?
  • Why is compression needed?
  • What formats to use for what platforms?

Export your Trick film and export to Instagram, Vimeo or similar

Project development
Start a Premiere film and import your footage
Sequence your footage on the timeline and playback
Begin editing

Upload your exercises to your blog and write a summary of the workshop
Continue to develop your shot list and gather footage
Begin editing your project

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