SM2002 - The Art of Editing

Offering Academic Unit
School of Creative Media
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Editing is an art of composing space (as totality or fragment, continuous or discontinuous) and time (linear or non-linear) through the arrangement, assembly and interaction of images (static or dynamic) and sounds (on screen or off screen), and an art of visualizing rhythm and tempo as emotional flow or movements of intensities. A good editing sense is basic requirement for a film or video editor, and is absolutely necessary for one to structure creatively a cinematic work. For broadly speaking, all creative works on film, video and image-related media acquire meaning, artistic expression and impact in ‘montage’, the juxtaposition of images, and sounds. This course aims to teach students the basic knowledge or concepts of editing, and develop their editing sense in practical editing assignments. 

The course is composed of two parts, theory and practice. For theory, lectures will be given will illustrations from films. For practice, students will be assigned editing exercises throughout the course to ensure that they apply and realize what they have learned in class. Students will present their editing works in critique sessions for feedback or comments by others, and exchange views about their colleagues projects.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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