Intention (SMART Goal)
By January 28th, as part of my film team, I will further explore possibilities in editing by following Vince Opra’s Premiere Pro Tutorial for Beginners 2022 and the Videomaker article When Editing a Horror Movie or Thriller, Timing Is Key and will use edits to create suspense over the first 3 scenes and develop the emotions and personalities of the character throughout the film in our session 3 project.
PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY
Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)
Michael Kahn is primarily known for his editing work on films directed by Steven Spielberg, including Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing. On editing, Kahn has expressed the importance of editing based on feeling rather than knowledge and that you can’t find the best cut unless you edit every cut. For other editors, he suggests using the theory of 3’s for reaction shots and walking away from your work to keep a fresh eye on each shot.
- Importing video/audio/sound effects (1:06)
- Creating a new sequence (2:23)
- Basic tools (5:02)
- Speed up or slow down clips (6:17)
- Effects and transitions (7:14)
- Adding text (9:47)
- Adding music and sound effects (10:50)
- Coloring (11:46)
- Exporting final film (14:58)
- Use timing and pacing of clips to build suspense and evoke certain emotions
- A succession of fast-paced, short clips can disorient the audience and create a sense of urgency and panic
- Extended, uncut clips can build suspense and anticipation
- An uncomfortably long shot should usually be part of a faster sequence and should end with a big reveal
- Be aware of the purpose of every detail of every shot
- Take advantage of what the audience hears (or doesn’t hear)
- Be intentional with the music, timing crescendos and decrescendos with the film’s subject matter
- Sound effects should build a rhythmic pace and create unseen tension
- Don’t follow the usual rules of audio mixing, where dialogue is always prioritized – don’t be afraid to utilize the silence in a shot
- Ten basic steps to a good scare
- The protagonist is in an isolated area and their vision is limited (usually a dark shot)
- The protagonist reveals their anxieties about the current situation, sometimes calling out to express their concern.
- The antagonist is revealed, unbeknownst to the protagonist.
- The antagonist is hidden from view again as the protagonist’s anxiety builds and they are unaware of how close the antagonist is.
- Rise in tension, either by means of a rise in music or a slow move-in by the camera.
- The scene blocking has the protagonist positioned for surprise.
- Something happens in the background, like a falling object or a door slammed shut. The protagonist is startled and the audience is briefly scared, but the true scare from the antagonist has not yet been revealed.
- There is sense of calm from the audience and protagonist because the scare was small and explainable.
- As the protagonist’s courage starts to build, the pacing of the edit reveals to the audience that there is still an ever-present threat.
- The big reveal! The antagonist is fully revealed to the protagonist and the audience gets the true scare.
- Brainstorm ideas
- Create storyboard
- Present storyboard to class
- Create slideshow and share with all team members
- Write screenplay
- Decide on location and character roles
- Gather/make props, costumes, equipment
- Prepare blocking for each scene
- Set up shots
- Film all scenes
- Put all scenes in a shared Google Drive folder
- Decide which scenes to keep, get rid of, or even re-shoot
- Label final shots
- Record all sounds/dialogue and create music
- Put all recordings in shared Google Drive folder
- Transfer audio and clips into Premiere Pro
- Put clips in order and make all edits
- Put audio in and sync up to video
- Make all finishing touches
- Add evidence to slideshow
- Export final film
- Present film and slideshow to the class and receive feedback
PRODUCTION – ACTION
The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)
POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION
21st Century Skills
Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)
When editing with Premiere Pro, I had to problem-solve multiple issues that I naturally encountered while using new software. There were many obstacles, as edits were randomly deleted and it was difficult to share the project with other group members. I also had to apply my creativity while adding visual and auditory tones to the film, as I gave every scene a deep, cloudy blue hue and composed music with crescendos and decrescendos that matched the rhythm of the film.
Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)
I edited the film with the visions of my other team members in mind and we constantly collaborated on large and small aspects of the final product. When I was creating the score for the film and choosing the color and intensity of the hue for each scene, I communicated with my team members to evaluate which creative decisions would be the best for our final film.
Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)
During this project, I used Premiere Pro to edit the film, which gave me further creative expression than previous editing software with options for special effects and color editing. I also used GarageBand to compose the music for our film, which allowed me to explore the program extensively and apply my skills as a musician. As a team, we used Trello to organize our timeline and keep track of our progress, Google Drive to share files, and Celtx to write the script.
Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)
Through creating this film, I gained collaboration and teamwork skills that will be helpful to me in any future group project. I also learned various editing skills that could not only be useful in the film industry but also in other projects and assignments. I can apply the skills I learned regarding cutting unnecessary components of any piece of work and keeping things concise, yet interesting and detailed.
Reactions to the Final Version
“The choice to edit along to the crescendos in the music was really effective in building tension.” – Coletrane
Self-Evaluation of Final Version
Our final film was simple, as we only included scenes and shots that were necessary to tell the story. It was also unexpected, as we used a final plot twist to shock the audience and leave them on the edge of their seat. Additionally, our film was emotional and concrete, as we used sensory language through music and dramatic shots to instill fear and suspense into our audience. Overall, we were able to tell a story completely and creatively in a way that resonated with our audience.
What I Learned and Problems I Solved
During this project, I learned technical skills, like how to edit using Premiere Pro and build tension with editing. I also had an opportunity to create music that matched my editing and our film’s genre. I learned real-world skills as well, like how to successfully work within a team and overcome obstacles. In working with my team members, I found what kind of workflow and style of collaboration works best for me and what kind doesn’t work. I was also exposed to small technical skills in other roles just from watching other members of my teamwork. All of these skills will be helpful to me in the future, and I will apply them to future projects.
Grammar and Spelling
Edublogs Spell Check, Grammarly