EDITING

The Editing program is designed around the technical, aesthetic and collaborative aspects of post-production with the primary focus on storytelling. Fellows develop the skills to be editors, assistant editors and post-production producers while collaborating with other team members.

The post-production facility consists of 15 Avid Symphony Nitris DX bays and a dual-boot Avid Nitris DS, all networked through the Avid Unity media storage system.

First Year Editors work on six narrative digital projects — with instruction including not only picture and effects editing but also the aesthetics of sound design — as they create and mix sound with Pro Tools audio workstations.

Second Year Editing Fellows collaborate on two film or high-definition projects, taking them through a complete post-production process, replicating a studio production and developing professional relationships with outside vendors.


FIRST YEAR CURRICULUM

PRN 510: Introduction to Cycle Production – Boot Camp
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

Intensive introductory workshop on the fundamentals of story, cycle production, critical analysis, and collaborative processes. All discipline Fellows collaborate on production exercises as well as receive specialized instruction from their particular program's point of view.

PRN 511: Cycle Production I
First Term | 4 Credit Hours

A workshop wherein Fellows team to form production groups which produce a short narrative project on digital video. Editing Fellows edit two projects. If for any reason Editors edit more than the minimum required, they are expected to fulfill all responsibilities and will be evaluated accordingly.

PRN 512: Cycle Production II & III
Second Term | 8 Credit Hours

A continuing production workshop wherein Fellows team to produce two short narrative projects. First Year editors must successfully fulfill all editorial responsibilities on at least two narrative short projects per production cycle. If for any reason Editors edit more than the minimum required, they are expected to fulfill all responsibilities and will be evaluated accordingly.

PRN 521 & 522: Narrative Workshop and Analysis
First and Second Terms | 6 Credit Hours Total

A companion workshop to Cycle Production I & II, Narrative Workshop is a core component of the First Year Program. All Fellows participate in a general discussion forum as well as a separate analysis session with their respective individual team members. Particular emphasis is given to the exposition of narrative elements and themes through the use of image, sound, movement, lighting, design, writing and editing strategies. The team also participates in a production review meeting.

EDT 511 & 512: Editing Workshop
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

Editing Fellows analyze and assemble dramatic scenes under a variety of conditions and narrative strategies. These are analyzed by Faculty and Fellows. Editing theories, techniques and procedures, issues of continuity, effects, movement and sound are examined as they relate to the fundamentals of cinematic montage and visual story telling. All First Year productions are deconstructed and analyzed by Editing Faculty in order to develop a versatile and confident understanding of editorial principles and techniques.

EDT 521 & 522: The Art and Craft of Editing/Dramatic Analysis
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

The tools and techniques of the editor's craft are presented through a series of topic-based seminars, workshops and hands-on training sessions.

CON 511 & 512: Master Seminars
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

The Master Seminars present leading figures from all aspects of the motion picture, television and digital media arts. The seminars are designed to provide Fellows with a broad and varied perspective on the contemporary motion picture arts and profession. Active participation and attendance is required.

CON 521 & 522: American Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of American cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

Year One Portfolio Review

Upon review of the First Year work, Faculty invites Fellows to continue to the Second Year and candidacy for the Master of Fine Arts Degree or Certificate of Completion. The portfolio review is conducted by Editing Faculty through a formal interview with each Editing Fellow, which results in a recommendation regarding future work in the program.

SECOND YEAR CURRICULUM

PRN 610: Thesis Production – Editing
12 Credit Hours Total

Building on the First Year production experience, the Editing Fellows must successfully fulfill all editorial responsibilities on two thesis productions — professionally executed short film and digital video projects — which are evaluated by the Senior Faculty. Editors collaborate with project team members under the guidance of thesis production mentor faculty. Thesis production teams participate in special development, pre-production and postproduction workshops. In addition, teams visit discipline workshops on a scheduled basis over the course of pre-production, production and post-production in order to gain a thorough understanding of the collaborative interdisciplinary creative process. If an Editing Fellow is approved by Faculty to edit more than two thesis productions, the additional project(s) will be considered an additional thesis requirement for completion of the degree or certificate.

EDT 611 & 612: Advanced Editing Workshop
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

This workshop is led by Senior Editing Faculty and master guest artists who present a variety of topics and experiences that are designed to broaden the Fellow's understanding of the art of cinematic storytelling and montage. Work on thesis projects is integrated into the workshop as a means to understanding advanced editing tools and techniques.

EDT 621 & 622: Advanced Art & Craft of Editing
First and Second Terms | 4 Credit Hours Total

This seminar presents a variety of topics related to specialized aspects of editing and postproduction. Picture and sound postproduction techniques and tools are presented through a progression of training that builds upon and advances the First Year experiences.

EDT 670: Internship Practicum
2 Credit Hour | Elective

This is an internship course that may become a required course for credit as recommended by the discipline Faculty Mentor. All aspects of this internship must be an integral part of the Fellow's discipline curriculum. The objective of this course is to provide working experience in the approved film/TV profession as it pertains specifically to the Fellow's discipline and degree/certificate requirements. Specific duties and requirements will be outlined and supervised by the faculty mentor. This internship qualifies an international Fellow for Curriculum Practical Training; approval must be obtained by the International Advisor as well as the Faculty Mentor and Dean prior to enrolling in the course.

EDT 690: Thesis Portfolio – Editing
8 Credit Hours Total

Each Editing Fellow prepares a personal portfolio of work demonstrating his or her editorial skills and talents. The Portfolio is a culminating summary of the AFI Conservatory experience, which is reviewed, evaluated and approved by the Senior Faculty for graduation.

CON 621 & 622: World Approaches to Film
First and Second Terms | 2 Credit Hours Total

This second year seminar and screening series provides a broad survey of international cinema in order to explore the aesthetic, cultural, historical and social phenomenon of the motion picture arts. Active participation and attendance is required.

AFI Membership
AFI honoring the masters