Cutting describes the technical composition of the images and data into a condensed final product. The cutting is defined by decision-making and creative processes that give the film a distinctive shape and message. Cutting is a multilayered process (audio and video) that is done with computer software.
DurationLong (more than 1 hour)
Group size1 to 100 persons
The aim is to provide an answer to the initial question. Combine existing content like audio, video, text, pictures, and so forth, in a way that allows the target audience to follow as well as understand your reasoning and, as a result, learn something new.
You use the knowledge from your previous phases to evaluate the material and decide what to integrate; it is possible that you need to shoot or research some more. Make sure you have sufficient resources and ensure good resource management for your group accordingly. Someone who has experience with video editing software should assume responsibility for the cutting process while others can look after the design and overall dramaturgy. Use this phase to expand your competencies through exchange with people outside your group. You are in the middle of your project, and much of the work is still ahead of you. You can shoot and research missing material or information.
At the end of this phase, the film is converted into a suitable format and uploaded to your learning platform. Depending on the assignment, different material is uploaded.
‘The film edit describes the construction of an entire film but also many individual frames. It permits opposites to meet or merge. It creates tension or soothes, accelerates or slows down processes. The editing process serves to separate useless video and audio material from the useful material. Individual elements are brought together, and apparently unimportant frames are put into context. The film starts to grow and breathe.’ (https://www.film-college.de/filmschule/postproduktion/filmschnitt)
Review and tidying of materials accumulated during the shoot/research.
Organising an editing station (own device or rented).
Organising video editing software.
If need be, exchange information regarding editing software with peers, for example, what software is best suited to my project.
- Choose a video editing software that you can learn to use within the available time.
- Exchange information with peers regarding video editing software.
- Use your network for support (someone might know someone who is into video editing).
- Be courageous and approach the software boldly. Try it out! It is a lot of fun!
- Save your interim results.
- Be bold and share your interim results, in order to improve them and receive essential feedback.
- Choose a computer with adequate system resources and computing power.
- Save your edited files after delivery or project conclusion. Maybe you will need to amend something at a later phase.