Course Number: JOUR-GA 1149.001
Day & Time: Thursday, 6:20-10pm
Instructor: David Spungen
This course is dedicated to the craft of editing long form video for news and documentary
stories. Effective editing is much more than choosing the right scenes and sound.
Understanding the capabilities of software… knowing the value of special effects – not just
how to use them, but why to use them… the importance of creating natural transitions… the
significance of weaving the individual elements of sound, picture and narration so that they
are organic to the story telling to enhance and advance a story arc are all requirements for
the successful editor.
This course introduces the students to various editing concepts and techniques. Class time
will be spent screening long form videos and then deconstructing story telling approaches
and styles used in these genres. These discussions are reinforced with focused exercises
where students apply these techniques and concepts using their own documentary content.
Evaluations are based on how students interpret the assignment, the cleanness of the editing
and the level of complexity achieved. All edit assignments need to be output as a
QuickTime movie or posted on an easily accessible web site such as Vimeo or YouTube.