Film Editing I

Documentary Film Studies, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho n.º 13021/2015

4 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 T + 30,0 PL + 3,0 OT


Basic computer skills.

A. To understand the authoring role of the editor in a filmmaking project;
B. To understand the concept of editing/montage;
C. To be able to plan and carry out a film editing project;
D. To know the basics of operating a video editing software.

a. The editor’s authorship;
b. Concept of filmmaking device;
c. Review concepts related to the narrative’s internal structure and functioning;
d. Organisation and planning of an editing project;
e. Introduction to editing software and development of the major techniques.

Evaluation Methodology
Mid-term assessment:
Test (35%)
Practical exercises (45%)
Attendance (10%)
Motivation/Participation (10%)

Exam assessment:
Test (40%)
Practical exercises (60%)

Test (40%)
Practical exercises (60%)

- Murch, W. (1995). In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. California: Silman-James Press
- Dancyger, K. (2002). The Technique of Film and Video Editing: history, theory and practice. EUA: Focal Press
- Casetti, F. (1996). El Film y su Espectador. Madrid: Cátedra
- García, L. (2010). Lenguaje del Cine, Praxis del Cine: una introducción al cinematógrafo. Madrid: Plaza y Valdés

Method of interaction
1. Lectures;
2. Practical classes;
3. Practical project monitoring.

Software used in class
Final Cut Pro 7 or similar.