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September 9, 2003
Assignments for Next Week
Handouts for this Week
Lesson for This Week
Examining The Scene, Trusting The Audience
rarely will show a film which I did not like, but in tonight's case
I believe that there is something to be learned from an analysis of
a scene from MEET JOE BLACK.
We will examine the scene from the audience's point of view. When is
too much, sometimes too much? How can we learn when to cut?
The script for this scene is online
here. Take a look at it.
We will also discuss some of the lessons you've learned from your first
week editing on the Avid. What was the process you went through to analyze
the film with your partner? How did you go about making your scene annalyses?
How did you decide where to make your edits?
What I'll be asking you tonight, as every week, is the following:
- What was your analysis?
- Where are the beats?
- How did you work those beats?
The following handouts will be given out this week. Click on the blue
highlighted terms to get to the actual handouts.
Pages for new VISITOR Scene (PDF File)
- These are the scenes that you will be editing for next week. Notice
that, even though there are two scene numbers, they really are both
part of one longer scene. Figure out what the thrust of this sequence
is -- who undergoes transitions and where do they happen. What parts
of the scene are action oriented, and which are character oriented?
Are any of them action oriented?
- Last week you filled out a survey listing your favorite films. This
is a compilation of all of them. It is a good place to start filling
in the films which you haven't seen. There are also links on the page
to lists of fave films from previous classes.
- Non-Hollywood Favorite Films
- This is a list of some well-respected, very interesting, films done
out of the Hollywood style. Many of these films are hard to find.
Recommended Viewing List (Top 101 Films)
- Wendy Millette somehow got a list of the 101 films that are the
"University of Southern California Film school recommended viewing
list for graduate Production students." Though any list which
places John Sayles' BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET above his MATEWAN
(and above Kieslowski's DECALOGUE) is suspect, there're some wonderful
films here. This link is to Wendy's Laguna Cinema web site, which
has a rather fascinating (or horrifying, if you're a student) diary
of the the filmmaking process of films made in the 508
classes here. Read them and weep.
- How Steve Semel Sees The Editing
- Steve, an accomplished editor himself, sees editing as a continual
process of creation and recreation. Look at the lines that I've highlighted
in yellow. Also, he gives a technique that he uses to gauge his time.
I've added my two cents into the process in red.
- Joe Hutshing Interview about
MEET JOE BLACK
- Hutshing, one of the editors on MEET JOE BLACK, talks about the
process of editing the film. He touches, briefly (and with great and
necessary political savvy) the reason why the film was so long and
- Dylan Tichenor/MAGNOLIA
- Each week, until the sixth or seventh week in the class, we will
be getting excerpts from interviews about how editors think about
the material they edit and how things changed in the film during the
editing. Tonight's handout is form Dylan Tichenor, the editor of 1999's
MAGNOLIA. Now, you may gather from my discussions in class, that I
feel that MAGNOLIA, despite it positive aspects, is an example of
a film in which the director occasionally didn't pay attention to
the material that was sitting in front of him (check out the final
scene in the film).
- Heathers Script
- Next week we will be dicussing this scene. You will need to look
over the pages and bring them to class.
- How To Get Employers
To Read Your Resume
- Though this article is written from a non-film perspective it offers
some valuable guidance on how to get a job. It discusses how to get
employers to read your resume and make it a rewarding experience for
them. Getting in the door is often a question of who you know, and
that's true in any business. But there are other learnable skills,
as well. Here are some tips.
- Screen Formats
- This is a comparison chart of various screen ratio sizes. You need
to keep this in mind when framing and editing because editing is all
about giving the eye something to follow. Remember our discussion
of eye placement.
Assignments for Next Week
- Read Chapter 6 and 6A in the textbook.
- This will take you up to and through the editing process from the
point of view of a digital (Avid) editing room.
- Read the script pages from HEATHERS
- We will discuss them next week, so make sure you bring them.
- Recut your scenes from THE VISITOR
- Based on my editing notes, recut the scene, making adjustments to
try out new things.
- Cut the second "chase" scene from THE VISITOR
- This scene is a little more complicated than the first scene you
cut, but it will require askiing yourselves the same questions you
did last week.
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- Favorite Films of Earlier 535 Classes
- This is the list of fave films for the Spring
2002 and Spring
2003 classes. More food for the eye.
Top 100 Films Of All Time
- The AFI polled... somebody... and came up with a list of the 100
greatest movies of all time. Okay, CITIZEN KANE does belong on it.
Maybe even at the top. Check out the list and see if there are films
you haven't seen that you'd like to see. The list has links to descriptions
of the films. The last time I was on the site those links were broken.
If you want to just see the list, I've got it on my site under AFI's
Top 100 List.
you link out to this PDF file, you'll see Avid's guide to their Express
machine, along with guides on how to set up an Avid desktop and more.
Print it out and enjoy! You'll need the Adobe Reader in order to view
it. You should already have it (it comes with most computers) but
if you don't click on the button to the right.
7.0 Users Guide
- Here are the links for the remaining Avid manuals. Be careful --
they are really huge. Once again, you'll need Acrobat Reader.
7.0 Getting Started Guide
- A more straight forward guide to what Avid 7.0 can do. You'll need
- Looking for anything about almost anybody in film. Try this site
by clicking on the link above (or the picture below) and then entering
a person or film title.