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Editing I - TFT00104M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Susan Brand
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Editing 1 introduces you to the art and craft of the edit. You will work with Avid Media Composer NLE software, the world leader in non-linear editing. In editing lab, you will be introduced to the Avid software learning all stages in the post-production process from import, through edit to export. Teaching includes understanding the Avid interface, professional level organisation, editing, trimming and basic sound and track lay. You will practice these editing skills on supplied footage from a short film taking it through the full edit process.

The biggest challenge to the editor is shaping the shot material to make the best story possible. Here, lectures run in parallel to lab work to add theory to practice. You will learn techniques from the world of the screenwriter examining structure and emotional journey. This will provide you with troubleshooting tools they can use on any film at any point in the editing process.

As well as editing a short film in the labs, practical work will include collaborating with students in other disciplines on the MA programme. This will include a sound exercise and a single narrative scene.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to: -

  • Provide a basic understanding of functionality and operation of Avid Media Composer
  • Provide an opportunity for students to discover and explore the art of storytelling in the edit
  • Provide opportunities to students to develop knowledge of how an editor works with the rest of the creative teams in film and television production

Module learning outcomes

Upon completing this module, you are expected to be able to: -

  • Competently use Avid Media Composer to create effective edits of picture and sound
  • Demonstrate skills in troubleshooting story problems identified through an edit process
  • Demonstrate understanding of language of film technology and screen story


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Technical report and reflective discussion of the project
N/A 50
Editing Project
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Analysis of scene in feature film
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Dancyger, K. and Rush, J. (2013). Alternative Scriptwriting. Focal Press
Vogler, C. (2007). The Writer’s Journey. Michael Wiese Productions
Rabiger, M. (2009). Directing the Documentary. Focal Press
Dmytryk, E. (1984). On Film Editing. Focal Press
Lavandier, Y. (2005). Writing Drama. Le Clown et l’enfant
Marks, D. (2009). Inside Story. Three Mountains Press
De Jong, W. and Knudsen, E. and Rothwell, J. (2012) Creative Documentary. Pearson Education
Curren Bernard, S. (2010) Documentary Storytelling. Focal Press
Pinel, V. (2001). Le Montage. Cahiers du Cinéma
Tierno, M. (2002). Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters. Hyperion
Murch, W. (2001) In the Blink of an Eye. Silman-James Press
Katz, Steven D. (2004). Film Directing: Cinematic Motion. Michael Wiese Productions
Truffaut, F. (2008) Hitchcock by Truffaut. Simon and Schuster
Bresson, R. (2016) Notes on the Cinematograph. Edition Gallimard
Rabiger, M. and Hurbis-Cherrier, M. (2013) Directing, Film Techniques and Aesthetics. Focal Press

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