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Teaching Editing for A Level

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Michael Parkes

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Teaching Editing for A Level


Approaches for Teaching
Practical Activities
Editing Youtube
Editing Apps
Sherlock S3 Ep1
How do editing techniques construct Social Class?

Get your students into groups, provide them all with identical footage but give them different briefs. For example editing riot footage from the perspective of the rioters or police.
Magazine Montage
Editing Bias
Start by cutting up images from magazines or from the web and construct them to tell a story
Allow students to edit a simple conversation scene but mix it in with students from another year or from existing media.
Combining Footage
Recreate the Kuleshov effect - film and edit a montage that constructs a particular meaning – this can be tested out on non-media students.
Kuleshov Experiments
Create a YouTube or Google Account
Upload your own footage online
Combine with copyright free material
Insert music, titles and transitions
QR Code Dominoes
The Kuleshov Experiment
Eisenstein and Kuleshov experimented with cut up film
They showed audiences different sequences and measured response
Political filmmakers sought to use the technique in propaganda
Their findings suggest that context is all important
Alfred Hitchcock on Editing
Constructing Meaning
Aims and Objectives
To examine student centered approaches to teaching editing analysis
To address developing students' media skills - problem solving
Consider practical approaches to teaching editing and alternative software
Analyse a variety of clips that use editing to construct media representations

Where to Start: The Basics
One of the hardest areas of textual analysis
Editing is meant to be hidden - unseen
Editing is key to making meaning and constructing representations
Students find it hard to study - moves too quickly
What your students need to know
1. A Little History
2.How Editing Works
3.Different Editing Techniques
4.How to Analyse
History of Editing
Initially film involved one shot
Editing was invented by accident
It was experimented with to make meaning
Cut film was used as propaganda
Editing led to actors being considered secondary
Audiences construct their own meaning - context
Editing Techniques
Editing quickly developed a film language that controlled time, space and action
Modern day computer editing has made things more complicated
Try cutting film stock to recreate these techniques
How Editing Works?
According to Bordwell & Thompson editing works in 4 ways...
1.Editing creates picture relationships between each shot
2.Editing creates rhythmic relationships (pace)
3.Editing creates spatial relationships
4.Editing constructs temporal relationships
Cheap and flexible
Can be used outside classroom
Avoid automatic/wizard types

My Mad Fat Diary S2 Ep1
How do editing techniques represent Age?
QR codes can be used for a variety of games and can turn handouts into interactive documents
The 7:39 Ep1
How do editing techniques reflect Gender?
YouTube Crazes
Graphic Match
Eye-line Match
Kuleshov Effect
Editing & Genre
How does Editing work?
Analysing Editing - asking questions

Problem Solving -
where are we going next?
How are
Space, Rhythm, Time
Could you re-edit this sequence?
The Simpsons Series 6 Ep9
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