Editing is part of the post-production process which includes everything that happens after you have filmed.  Post-production involves watching everything you’ve shot on camera, logging all the clips, choosing the ones you want to keep, editing out those you don’t want, deciding how to order the shots and working out where (if anywhere) you want to include titles, special effects and music. With digital editing facilities easily available, it’s a straightforward process to knit together different clips into a whole.  The challenge lies in choosing the best shots and positioning them together in an order that creates meaning and is engaging to watch.

The activities here focus on the effects of certain editorial choices from films found elsewhere in this resource.

SPOT THE EDIT

Watch these short clips from the opening sequences of Battle of Cable Street (2009) and The Vanishing Street (1963).  As you watch, look out carefully for how the camera moves between different shot types

 

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  • What shot types did you notice?
  • How do these shots work together to introduce the characters and settings of the films?
  • How do the opening titles help you make meaning of these short sequences?
  • In Battle of Cable Street, what do you think is the relationship between the characters?  How do the shots and the way they have been edited communicate this meaning?
  • How do these films differ in terms of their style and purpose?  Think about genre to help you understand this.
  • How is music used to create mood and tone in each film? How do the soundtracks contribute to establishing the genre of each?

EXTENSION

Putting together what you have learned in this section, start to think about how you can represent in a short film your perspective of Jewish life in Hackney and the nearby East End. Think about:

  • the genre of your film
  • how to set the context
  • how to shoot your interviews
  • your choice of shot types
  • evaluating your best clips
  • how to make meaning visually
  • how a soundtrack can contribute to meaning

FURTHER READING

Watch this short BBC tutorial about how to edit a film.