10746 Workshop: Video Editing in the Digital Era 1

Credits: 2 intermediate credits in Communication

Prerequisites: Introduction to Mass Media or Understanding Movies: Introduction to the Art of Cinema

The course is based on a reader edited by David Levin, Guli Silberstein and Tali Silberstein, and includes recorded lectures and instructions for editing software.

The workshop imparts computerized video editing skills along with theoretical knowledge on issues pertaining to representation in the media and to cinematic expression. It addresses questions such as: How do editing choices reflect ideological positions? What is “conventional editing” and how does it differ from editing based on a critical perspective?

The theoretical part of the workshop deals with theories and concepts from media and cinema research. In the practical component, students learn the technical and thematic aspects of editing, including methods of combining pictures and soundtracks from different sources.

As their main project, students are required to edit a personal clip that makes an ideological-social statement by conducting a dialog with representation of reality in the mainstream media. For the exercises and the project, students use media materials disseminated by television channels and on the Internet. The project also focuses on ways to integrate the movie clip into public discourse (for example, on websites with a social orientation).

1No more than 4 credits will be granted for workshops in Communication, unless otherwise specified in the study program.