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BTEC National Diploma in interactive media

Unit(s): 16: Film and video editing techniques

Assignment Details Contents
Title: Unit 16: Film and Video Unit abstract
Editing Techniques Editing of film or video material is an essential part of
Assessors: Joe Kennedy any audio-visual production. Without the process of
School: Media, Multimedia & removing, adding and manipulating source material, all
Performing Arts film and video would have to be shot in sequence and
Programme level: 3 Assignment without mistakes.
number: 1
Issue date: 14.11.19 Interim The process of editing involves making creative
hand-in (if decisions about source material. It provides an
applicable): opportunity for the creativity of the filming stage to be
Feedback: Due: continued through to the finished product.
11/12/19 18/12/19 Through study of the development and principles of
editing, learners will develop an insight into the
IV: IV date: ‘language’ of editing and the technical conventions
faustina starret used by editors to communicate with audiences.
Skills will be practised through editing video material
or, where facilities permit, film. Learners will also
develop an understanding of how their work can affect
the final outcome of a production.
Learners will be able to experiment with editing
processes and use their skills in the production of their
own film and video products. They should learn that
editing is not merely a technical process, but also an
aesthetic one and they should be able to demonstrate
this understanding through both their practice and the
articulation of principles

On completion of this assignment the learner should:
1 Understand the development and principles of editing
2 Be able to prepare moving image material for editing


1 Understand the development and principles of editing

Development: in-camera editing; following the action; multiple points of view; shot
variation; manipulation
of diegetic time and space; film, video; analogue; digital
Purposes: storytelling, eg engaging the viewer, development of drama, relationship to
genre, creating motivation; combining shots into sequences; creating pace
Conventions and techniques: seamless; continuity; motivated; montage; jump-cutting;
parallel editing; 180o rule; splicing; transitions, eg cut, dissolve, fade, wipe; cutaways;
point of view shot; shot-reverse-shot;
providing and withholding information; editing rhythm; crosscutting; cutting to soundtrack
BTEC National Diploma in interactive media

Unit(s): 16: Film and video editing techniques

P1,M1,D1 Assignment 1 –Development of the Principles of Editing. You must produce a
video about editing for educational website developing young people’s film production
All research notes. Completed video blog.

Tasks Pass Criteria

Task 1: P1.M1.D1 P1.M1.D1
Produce a mini doc (maximum 5 mins) about To achieve each outcome a
pioneers of editing. Tracing the journey from learner must demonstrate the
early film editing to modern day editing ability to:
techniques. Download & clips and images,
from the internet and use a voice over to P1: describe the development
narrate your documentary be careful not to and principles of editing with
plagiarise verbally or with written text on some appropriate use of
screen. subject terminology

Produce a written report to accompany your M1: explain the development

video (maximum 1000 words) this should and principles of editing
include your voice over script & Edit with reference to detailed
list/screen shots of compiling footage in your illustrative examples and
editing programme. with generally correct use of
subject terminology

Some more guidance: D1: critically assess the

development and principles
Pioneers of of editing with supporting
Editing:http://newmediateacher4.blogspot arguments and elucidated
.com/2011/12/pioneers-of-editing.html examples, and consistently
using subject terminology.
Task 2 – P1.M1.D1

Complete Introduction to editing, Q and A

task as outlined here: (please print out)
Further Guidance

Indicative reading for learners

Baylis P, Freedman A, Procter N et al – BTEC Level 3 National Creative Media Production,
Student Book(Pearson, 2010) ISBN 978-1846906725

Baylis P, Freedman A, Procter N et al – BTEC Level 3 National Creative Media Production,

Teaching ResourcePack (Pearson, 2010) ISBN 978-1846907371
BTEC National Diploma in interactive media

Unit(s): 16: Film and video editing techniques

Chandler G – Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video (Michael Wiese, 2004) ISBN 978-

Dancyger K – The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice, 4th
Edition (Focal, 2006) ISBN 978-0240807652

Kindem G and Musburger R – Introduction to Media Production: From Analog to Digital,

4th Edition (Focal Press, 2009) ISBN 978-0240810829

McGrath D – Editing and Post-Production (Focal Press, 2001) ISBN 978-0240804682

Murch W – In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective of Film Editing, 2nd Edition (Silverman-
James Press, 2001)ISBN 978-1879505629

Orlebar J – Digital Television Production (Hodder Arnold, 2001) ISBN 978-0340763230

Roberts-Breslin J – Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production, 2nd
edition (Focal Press, 2007)
ISBN 978-0240809076

Rubin M – The Little Digital Video Book, 2nd Edition (Peachpit, 2001) ISBN 978-
Wells P – Digital Video Editing: A User’s Guide (Crowood, 2007) ISBN 978-1861269522

Websites – BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre
Union) is the tradeunion representing video production professionals – First Light exists to encourage film making amongst young

people and has links toSkillset and the UK Film Council – BKSTS (British Kinematograph Sound &
Television Society) organises events, courses, and new equipment demonstrations) – Shooting People, a film making forum

* Revisit class presentations/powerpoints on moodle