“Edit like a Legend with Mick Audsley and David Charap” Bite-Size Course Syllabus

Day one with Mick Audsley

Part one

 

  • Intro of how I got into editing and why.
  • The principles of montage and narrative structure in regard to the feature film as the “whole” as “three acts ” and as “scenes.”
  • My  theory of “Narrative Values “as a guide to making the numerous choices in the selection of material in the editing process.

 

 

Part two

 

  • Practical methods of preparation and daily practises during shooting.
  • Bins and material organisation and  the “Marked up” script and related paper work.
  • The organisation of versions from First to Final Cut and work practises throughout the interim stages.
  • How to stay fresh and clear about these many stages of work.

 

Part three

 

  • How sound works in relation to picture editing.
  • Multi track audio and the cutting process.
  • The relationship with sound design and composed music.
  • Use of source music and temp mixes.

 

Part four

 

  • How to develop the diplomacy and articulation of ideas in working with directors, producers and writers.
  • How to be a team player for the benefit of the project and all the other disciplines an editor has to work with.
  • How to deal with notes and criticisms throughout the cutting and completion of the movie in regard to screenings and market research previews.
  • How previews work.

 

Part five

 

  • A detailed illustrated break down of 2 scenes from “Dirty Pretty Things” using an Avid time line and clips to discuss frame by frame the sequences and their construction in relation to the script pages and promote a discussion on how ‘suspense’ works in the dramatic narrative.
  • How to deal with the  difficulties associated with the construction of movie openings and how  ‘set up ‘ needs to operate.
  • Endings in reflation to openings.

 

Day two with David Charap

 

Part one

 

  • Introduction: Making sense of Human Life
    • Clips from Life in a Day and The Possibilities are Endless
  • The purpose of documentary making
  • Documentaries and Internet content
  • The practicalities of bringing stories and characters to film

 

Part two

 

  • Drama vs Documentary
    • Clips from Men of the City and Freefall
  • Good and Bad reasons to cut

 

Part three

 

  • Editing Ethics
  • The cutting room in real time
  • Working with other departments
    • Clips from Cutting Barking and All White in Barking

 

Part four

 

  • Do you know where you are going?
  • How to shape a film in a cutting room?
    • Clips from My Nazi Legacy

 

Part five 

 

  • All about Avid
  • Cautionary tales
  • A backstage glimpse of a documentary still in production
    • Clips from Our Godfather