Movies | Film
At its core, editing is learning how to make decisions that produce the most effective result for the appeal of the story. Your editing decisions entice the viewer to become captivated and stay engaged in the story as much as the cinematography does.
The Workshop begins by explaining specific types of stories and outlining types of conflict and plot structures. Ross explores the concept of non-linear storytelling—telling a story out of order— and will demonstrate several options for rearranging the order of a film to create a better and more intriguing story.
Ross will demonstrate the principles of “show don’t tell,” will teach you to properly time cuts, to “play” with time, and will focus on the very important concept of pacing. Ross will then break down the techniques necessary to effectively edit a conversation; in film editing, conversations represent what editing is in its rawest form. Finally, Ross will teach you the importance of creating a constant feeling of anticipation within the viewer via cut selection, timing, and analyzing which shots have the greatest storytelling impact. All of these techniques are used to make your viewer experience your film instead of just passively watching it.
The Seminar begins with an intensive, step-by-step overview of the complete editing process. Ross shows students how to organize and log footage and introduces the concept of the dump timeline, a workflow technique used to create the Narrative Base. The art of the professional cut is explored in detail, focusing on the techniques of L-cutting, cutting on the action, popcorn cutting, and the use of natural and scene-to-scene transitions.
Ross teaches you how to achieve perfection in cycles by focusing on a circular editing process, showing you how to discover and constantly enhance the rhythm, pace, and emotional tone of your film. Ross demonstrates audio tricks that take the headaches out of audio editing and mixing, and will outline the process of choosing and incorporating a soundtrack into your film. Learn how audio plays a role in the influence of cutting, and how to formulate music to fit the needs of your film. Finish your film by “cutting out the fat,” the process of applying subtle tweaks to reduce the length but increase the impact of your film. Finally, the seminar covers the basic color correction techniques and various settings for file compression and exporting for a number of different output formats.