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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Film and Video Editing Techniques

Rob Miller | Friday February 22, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills

A standard Hollywood film typically contains between 1000 and 2000 shots; an action film can typically contain upwards of 3000, this clearly indicates the importance of editing and the way in which it can be used to shape the audiences experience. This unit is designed to introduce you to the process of editing moving image material.

This is a practical unit but also one in which you will develop your understanding of production and post-production techniques. On completion of this unit you should be able to understand the role of the editor and how their work can affect the final outcome of the media product, and ultimately, the dominant preferred reading of a text. Editing is another tool used by filmmakers to encode meaning that is then decoded by audiences. Through experimenting with editing software students should be aware that editing is not only a technical process but also an aesthetic one.

Summary of Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the development and principles of editing
  • Be able to use preparation techniques for editing
  • Be able to edit moving image material.

The unit will be divided up into three assignments, the first of which is written and the remaining two combining production with written elements.

Assignment One: Film and Video Editing Techniques

Understanding the Development and Principles of Editing

1. You are to provide a fully referenced definition of what editing is, followed by your own explanation of why editing is such an important part of the filmmaking process, giving 2 examples to support your answer. 100 words

2. Identify the most common types of edit used in film. 200 words

  • Straight Cut
  • Dissolve
  • Fade
  • Wipe
  • Jump Cut

Your answer should state how each edit looks, why it is used and what affect it has on the narrative and audience understanding. You should also consider the relationship of editing to genre, making reference to examples.

3. You should write a...

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