| Acting comes from Theatre; Writing from Literature; And Editing from Cinema |
Mentor: Niraj Voralia
Duration: 21 Days
Editing is described as an art or skill, the only art that is unique to cinema, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it. Editing is often referred to as the “invisible art’ because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not aware of the editor’s work.
On its most fundamental level, movie editing is the art, technique and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence. An editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as the actors’ performances to effectively “re-imagine” and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole.
The advent of affordable editing software becoming available on personal computers has led to a dramatic shift in the editing industry. Now any individual with a good computer setup and adequate training can start an Editing Studio from home.
Although, where most newcomers go wrong is in believing that software is the be-all-end-all of the movie editing profession and end up spending all their energy on software classes and online tutorials. This is a false notion which has led to many people wasting precious time and money, and eventually giving up on their dream job.
We have to understand that the software is just a tool; just like a brush is for a painter or a camera is for a photographer. When we see a great painting or a photograph we applaud the Painter and the Photographer, not the brush and the camera.
This is not to say that learning software is not necessary, in fact it very much is; but understanding what you want and can achieve through it is of paramount importance.
As new editors we must first understand what impact impact a moving image or movie can have on the viewer and how that impact can be manipulated through editing. The rest will follow suit.
In this 21-day course you will learn both, the theoretical and practical Foundations of Movie Editing.
Prof. Niraj Voralia graduated from FTII in 1996 with a specialization in film editing and has been working as a freelance editor since then. He has edited more than a dozen feature films. He has also been involved in academics for over a decade, teaching theory as well as the practical aspects of filmmaking and editing in particular at various institutes.
He is a regular Visiting Faculty at the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai and, Digital Academy, Mumbai.
Niraj has also taught at Whistling Woods International,Mumbai. National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. FTII, Pune. IDC (IIT, Mumbai). He has taken workshops with organizations such as Majlis, Point of View, Filament Pictures, among others.
As part of his work with students, he has edited over fifty non-fiction projects and an equal number of fiction projects. Several of these have been shown on national television and at various festivals and have also won several awards.
Years of being involved in academics have strengthened his firm belief that teaching is a two-way process, where knowledge, understanding and energy are given and received in equal measure.
“Shwaas”, it won the National Award for Best Feature Film, 2004; also India’s official entry for the Oscars, 2005; Alpha Puraskar for Best Editing. “Aurangzeb”, “Valoo”, “Vihir”, “Dahavi F”, “Nadi Vahate”, “Kshitij”, “Dha” and more.
He has also edited over thirty documentaries and an equal number of short fiction films, most notably: “Kalighat Fetish”, (Best Documentary 2001, Tampere Film Festival, Finland); “Cinema ka Sapna Dekha Hai?”, “Moner Manush”, “Yeh Gulistan Hamara”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal”, “Dancing Othello”.
I Theory and Concepts:
- A brief history of editing
- Alternatives to continuity
- Basic visual literacy
- Understanding narrative and various types of storytelling
- Time and Space in cinema
- Editing various types of sequences:
- Rhythm, timing, pacing
- Basics of using sound in cinema
- Editing documentaries and other forms of non-fiction
- Understanding film style; maintaining the film’s style while editing it
- Dramatic tension, what it is, and how to create and maintain it in a narrative
- A look at editing ads, promos and corporate films
- Understanding the basics of colour and colour theory (If time permits)
- Technical topics:
- The film image, how it is formed
- The analog video image:
- Digital video
- Analog versus digital
- Formats, files, containers
II Hands-on exercises and practical assignments:
At least half the duration of the course will be spent on doing practical exercises.
- Basics of editing software
- How to start a project
- Import and organize files
- Making an assembly
- Rough cut
- Final cut with basic leveling of sound
- Basic transitions and effects
- Mastering and Final export
Students will apply the theoretical concepts and practical knowledge of
software on editing existing footage from films. To begin with you will
take on a simple exercise such as a silent film/short and then move
onto a slightly more complicated one like a scene from a film or a short
Participants are required to bring a laptop with
either Premier Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro or any other popular
video editing software installed.
11 - 31 Jan
10:00am to 06:00pm
(hours may extend)
Early Bird Offer: Rs.36000/-
(Offer Valid till 1st Jan/ first 6 registrations)
Total Seats: 12