Week 6 Editing: Cutting, Creating and Imagining Meaning

Posted on August 24, 2010


Hey all,

Today we are going to be looking closely at editing.

Defining what it means to ‘edit’ as well as looking at the craft and techniques used to create meaning.

At what stage(s) of the production process are editing decisions made?

In the pre-production / production or post-production phase?

If you are not in the class please watch the videos before the next class as this will form a large part of the 3 week Final Cut workshops, the task for over the break as well as research for your final video assignment.

Submitting assignments – Sean has written a detailed description of how to submit your assignments that are due at 5pm this Friday August 27.

TASKS for over the break

1. Create Twitter account if you haven’t already and start following me on Twitter.

2. Write a blog post about the different editing techniques used in each of the videos in this post.

Write about them in a review style linking to each of the videos. Rather than simply listing or including the link and saying ‘this video is a good example of pacing’, write about the technique of pacing or how the video uses pacing with direct links and references to the work.

Things to think about

If somebody visited your blog for the first time do your posts make sense? Do they know what your blog is about?

Random viewers – outside of the class – should be able to understand what is going on as soon as they arrive. This can be done a number of ways but as a start an introductory statement to posts with clear blog titles are essential. Everything that you post should be in context so if you are embedding an image explain why.

3. Write a separate blog post of your initial ideas for your final assignment. What sort of visuals and editing do you think you will use?

VIDEOS to Watch

If you are watching from home look at this  Filmmaking Techniques video first. It sets up some of the principles and techniques through clear examples.

Some distinctive styles of editing & genre

Video Blogging

Natalie Tran AKA Community Channel.

This video blog is the most-subscribed to in Australia of all time and ranks highly on a world-wide scale.
She uses a technique of split-screen composition. What else? There is a clear format that runs through each episode. What is the formula?
Neglected Diaries & Channel Home

Poor Google Street View Man Poor

Digital Storytelling

What makes digtal storytelling unique?  How does editing work in these stories?
Seven Elements to a Digital Story

Examples from ACMI – What are the elements that make up this story?

The Little Frenchman
David Tytherleigh


El Ajnabi
Raymond Nashar, Australia, 2007

What are the elements and editing techniques that give strength to these stories?


Celebrating A Hundred Years of Women’s Right to Vote in Victoria with Joan Kirner

Victor Erice Ten Minutes Older
Looking at time and narrative in editing. How is time conveyed in this clip?
Further reading on Ten Minutes Older.

Re-mix, Changing meaning
Tony Soprano is a Wild Thing

Trailers – Cutting together from something bigger
Full Trailer For Facebook Movie ‘The Social Network’ Hits The Web

Text & Titles
Multiple Hitler remixes – same piece of film footage.
Hitler finds out Americans are calling each other Nazis

Screen casting

Worst Ad Ever according to the Gruen Transfer

Nice Screen Casting – Again and Again – The Bird and the Bee (A back up if down)

Establishing shots

Demonstrating context

Magnum v. Solo, sequence comparison

Colour, pacing and cutting

Ferris Club: Fight Club meets Ferris Bueller

What are the editing techniques that have been applied to entirely change this narrative?


Italian Spiderman Trailer, episode 1.

This is shot on 16mm to give the feel of the era. What editing techniques have been used that are also significant to the depicted decade?

Classic editing & shooting conventions

Understanding Comics – Explaining cuts. In particular the bits we ‘don’t see’ The Gutter

Psychology in Watching

Discuss the psychological term of ‘confabulation’ in terms of constructed and imagined memory

Kuleshove Experiment with Hitchcock.

More wise words from Hitchcock

How to turn your boring movie into a Hitchcock thriller…

& Finally what is Machinima?

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