EDITING

The Editing program is designed around the aesthetic, technical, and collaborative aspects of post-production with the primary focus on storytelling. Fellows develop the skills to be editors, assistant editors and post-production producers by collaborating with Screenwriters, Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, and Production Designers in film production.

The Sony Digital Arts Center is an Avid based state-of-the-art post-production facility.

First year editors work on six narrative digital projects — with instruction including not only picture and visual effects editing but also the aesthetics of sound design — as they create and mix sound with Pro Tools audio workstations.

Second year editing Fellows collaborate on two film or high-definition digital projects, taking them through a complete post-production process, replicating a studio or independent production and developing professional relationships with outside vendors.


FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM

PRN 510: Introduction to Cycle Production – Boot Camp
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

Intensive introductory workshop on the technical side of Post Production. Bootcamp covers the fundamentals of story, cycle production. critical analysis, and the collaborative processes. The Fellows are immersed in learning the work flow and use of the AVID editing program for both Editors and Assistant Editors. At the climax of Bootcamp fellows collaborate on shooting a short film in four hours and cutting it in a day to prepare them for cycle production.

PRN 511: Cycle Production I
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

A workshop wherein Fellows team to form production groups which produce a short narrative project on digital video.

PRN 512: Cycle Production II & III
Second Term | 8 Credit Hours

A continuing production workshop wherein Fellows team to produce two short narrative projects. First year editors must successfully fulfill all editorial responsibilities on at least two narrative short projects per production cycle.

PRN 521 & 522: Narrative Workshop and Analysis
First and Second Terms | 12 Credit Hours Total

Narrative Workshop is the core component of the first-year program. All Fellows participate in a general discussion of the cycle films, under the guidance of a film professional, as well as participate in a separate analysis of their cycle film under the direction of the Workshop Moderator. Particular emphasis is given to the exposition of narrative elements and themes through the use of image, sound, movement, lighting, design, writing and editing strategies.

EDT 511 & 512: Editing Analysis
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

Working with Professional Editors, who are part of the faculty, the Fellows analyze their cycle films as they progress from the Editors first cut through picture lock. Editing theories, techniques and procedures, issues of continuity, effects, movement and sound are examined as they relate to the fundamentals of cinematic montage and visual story telling. All first-year productions are deconstructed and analyzed by Editing faculty in order to develop a versatile and confident understanding of editorial principles and techniques.

EDT 521 & 522: The Art and Craft of Editing/Dramatic Analysis
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

The tools and techniques of the editor's craft are presented through a series of topic-based seminars, workshops and hands-on training sessions.

CON 511 & 512: Master Seminars
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

The Master Seminars present leading figures from all aspects of the motion picture, television and digital media arts. The seminars are designed to provide Fellows with a broad and varied perspective on the contemporary motion picture arts and profession. Active participation and attendance is required.

CON 521 & 522: American Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of American cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

Year One Portfolio Review

Upon review of the first year work, faculty invites Fellows to continue to the second year and candidacy for the Master of Fine Arts Degree or Certificate of Completion. The portfolio review is conducted by Editing faculty through a formal interview with each Editing Fellow, which results in a recommendation regarding future work in the program.


SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM

PRN 610: Thesis Production – Editing
First and Second Terms | 12 Credit Hours Total

Building on the first-year production experience, the Editing Fellows must successfully fulfill all editorial responsibilities on two thesis productions — professionally executed short narrative projects — which are evaluated by the senior faculty. Second year Editors must also work as Assistants on two other Thesis Projects. Editors collaborate with project team members under the guidance of thesis production mentor faculty. Thesis production teams participate in special development, pre-production and post-production workshops. In addition, teams visit discipline workshops on a scheduled basis over the course of pre-production, production and post-production in order to gain a thorough understanding of the collaborative interdisciplinary creative process. If an Editing Fellow is approved by faculty to edit more than two thesis productions, the additional project(s) will be considered an additional thesis requirement for completion of the degree or certificate.

EDT 611 & 612: Advanced Editing Workshop
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

This workshop is led by senior Editing faculty and master guest artists who present a variety of topics and experiences that are designed to broaden the Fellow's understanding of the art of cinematic storytelling and montage. Work on thesis projects is integrated into the workshop as a means to understanding advanced editing tools and techniques.

EDT 621 & 622: Advanced Art & Craft of Editing
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

This seminar presents a variety of topics relating to specialized aspects of editing and post-production. Picture and sound post-production techniques and tools are presented through a progression of training that builds upon and advances the first year experiences.

EDT 670: Internship Practicum
First and Second Terms | 1-3 Credit Hour(s) | Elective

This is an internship course that may become a required course for credit as recommended by the discipline faculty Mentor. All aspects of this internship must be an integral part of the Fellow's discipline curriculum. The objective of this course is to provide working experience in the approved film/TV profession as it pertains specifically to the Fellow's discipline and degree/certificate requirements. Specific duties and requirements will be outlined and supervised by the faculty mentor. This internship qualifies an international Fellow for Curriculum Practical Training; approval must be obtained by the International Advisor as well as the faculty mentor prior to enrolling in the course.

EDT 690: Thesis Portfolio – Editing
First and Second Terms | 8 Credit Hours Total

Each Editing Fellow prepares a personal portfolio of work demonstrating his or her editorial skills and talents. The Portfolio is a culminating summary of the AFI Conservatory experience, which is reviewed, evaluated and approved by the senior faculty for graduation.

CON 621 & 622: World Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This second year seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of international cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.