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Cutting Like a Pro with Colin Goudie & Nicolas Chaudeurge Syllabus
THE ROLE OF THE FILM EDITOR
Day 1 – Colin Goudie
PART 1 -Editing on location and in the office.
The kit used on location and why?
The full edit kit in the office and why?
What to name your edit and why?
Ways of setting up your timeline.
Using colour tags to find edits and shots.
PART 2 -Colin’s career path.
From Assistant to Dubbing Editor to Film Editor.
Lessons learned to help career progression.
PART 3 -Setting out as a Freelance Film Editor.
How to establish yourself as a freelancer.
The move from TV films, to independent feature films (Monsters), to studio blockbuster films, (Rogue One).
What are the differences in the above, artistically, physically, and mentally?
PART 4 -Case Studies in Editing.
Attila the Hun
C.S Lewis, Beyond Narnia.
Discussion of the different narrative styles in “Drama Documentaries” and “Drama’.
Discussion of the different styles of both Documentary and Drama genres, and the approach taken.
How the editor influences the overall story.
PART 5 -The Advantages of Digital and Film.
At editing stage.
And production stage.
PART 6 -Case Studies in Editing (continued).
Showing a scene from early in the film and discussion of the thought process that went into making the cuts and trims in the final version.
The increasing use of scheduled pick-ups and the role that the editor plays in that process.
The editor’s expanding role before shooting begins.
How to be involved in the production.
The difference between a “mood reel,” “story reel,” “Pre Viz,” and “Post Viz”.
The changes in the technical aspect of editing in the past 35 years and the things that are still useful from before.
The input of Music Editors, Composers, Assistant Editors, and VFX Editors and what to do when you don’t have them.
Collaboration and collaborators.
Welcome to Romford
Teamwork and Technology.
PART 7 -Movies that have test screenings and those that don’t.
Why and does it matter?
PART 8 -What is a “Method Editor”?
Hired hand vs. Auteur.
Case study – Alan Moore’s Showpieces.
Content before style, unless the style is your content.
PART 9 -Case Studies in Editing (continued).
Working with VFX teams and how you can help them.
-Dubbing Editors, Sound Mixers, and the contributions they make.
PART 11 -The Future.
What software you need in your skill-set and why.
Day 2 – Nicolas Chaudeurge
Part 1 – Live demonstration of Nic’s editing technique
Nicolas will present a live demonstration of his editing technique, using Avid.
Part 2 – Building “Still Alice” (Practical study with Avid)
How to read a script.
Watching and selecting the rushes – no escape.
Pick ups and the responsibility of the editors during the shoot.
The do’s and don’t’s of assembling.
The assistant as your best ally – know how to organise a project.
How to watch assembly – keep away from windows.
Bondage and changing cuts – it’s a process.
How to deal with producers and financiers.
Test screenings and how to learn from the audience.
Music – from temp to score.
Sound – how far to go with temp sound and the role of the editor in sound post.
VFX, Online, and the role of the editor during grade and picture finish.