27127 - Theory and Techniques of Film Editing (1)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Provides basics and theoretical concepts about film editing, to familiarize the student with the main linguistic and expressive functions of that procedure. Illustration of film editing functions in the proper sense is completed by an introduction to the use of the most common digital editing programs.

Course contents

This 30-hours course will deal with the analysis and description of film editing.

It is divided in two parts.

The first part will provide the students with the fundamentals of film editing. By viewing and analysing sequences of important and well-known movies, students will learn directly how editors work in the editing process.

Ejzenstejn’s text will track a theoretical path to learn the artistic and creative process of film editing. Cassani’s text will help students to learn about the editing lexicon and techniques.

Readings/Bibliography

Mandatory texts:

S.M.Ejzenstejn, third Chapter "Il montaggio nel cinema sonoro" from the book Teoria generale del montaggio, Marsilio 2012

D. Cassani, Manuale del montaggio. Tecnica dell'editing nella comunicazione cinematografica e audiovisiva, UTET, 2013

Marco Bertozzi, Recycled cinema - Immagini perdute, visioni ritrovate, Marsilio, 2012

Films to be watched in order to pass the exam:

"F for Fake", Orson Welles, 1975

"Sans soleil", Chris Marker, 1983

"One day in september", Kevin McDonald, 1999

"Un'ora sola ti vorrei", Alina Marazzi, 2002

"The fog of war - Eleven lessons from the life of Robert S. McNamara", Errol Morris, 2003

"Grizzly man", Werner Herzog, 2005

"The wild blue yonder" , Werner Herzog, 2005

"Vogliamo anche le rose", Alina Marazzi, 2007

"La bocca del lupo", Pietro Marcello, 2009

da "Formato ridotto - Libere riscritture di cinema amatoriale", "Il mare d'inverno" di Ermanno Cavazzoni; (Antonio Bigini, Paolo Simoni, Claudio Giapponesi), 2012

"The spirit of '45", Ken Loach, 2013

"Dawson city - Frozen time", Bill Morrison, 2016

Suggested texts for non-attending students (one of them):

G.Rondolino, D. Tomasi,"Manuale di storia del cinema", UTET, 2014

Bill Nichols, Introduzione al documentario, Il Castoro, 2014
Vincet Amiel, Estetica del montaggio, Lindau, 2006

Maurizio Fantoni Minnella, Film documentario d'autore - Una storia parallela, Odoya, 2017

Teaching methods

Lesson s schedule

AULA CRUCIANI Lessons begin: wednesday26th september - lessons end: wednesday 31 october

Schedule: Wednesdayì 9-11; Thursdayì 15-17; Friday 15-17

CALENDARIO LEZIONI

MERCOLEDì 26 SETTEMBRE 9-11

GIOVEDì 27 SETTEMBRE 15-17

VENERDì 28 SETTEMBRE15-17

MERCOLEDì 3 OTTOBRE 9-11

VENERDì 5 OTTOBRE 15-17

 


MERCOLEDì 17 OTTOBRE 9-11

GIOVEDì 18 OTTOBRE 15-17

VENERDì 19 OTTOBRE 15-17


MERCOLEDì 24 OTTOBRE 9-11

GIOVEDì 25 OTTOBRE 15-17

VENERDì 26 OTTOBRE 15-17


MERCOLEDì 31 OTTOBRE 9-11

 

MERCOLEDì 7 NOVEMBRE ore 9-11

GIOVEDI'8 Novembre 15-17

VENRDi' 9 NOVEMBRE 15-17

Assessment methods

To pass the examination, students are required to study the three books in the bibliography (Ejzenstejn, Cassani and Alonge), to fully watch all the movies and be able to analyse them.

During the examination, students may watch ONE scene of a film from the list above (it is important to provide the basic information on the movies: director, year of production, country of production, editor).

During the examination, it will be verified whether students have understood the Ejzenstejn's theory and the basic editing techniques (Cassani)

Where foreign students experience big troubles in reading the Italian version of Ejzenstejn’s book, they may change the book prior request to the teacher.

Teaching tools

During the lectures, only a part of films and sequences will be watched. The films will be chosen both from those in the list and others useful to understand editing techniques.

Cassani's book has some on-line footage useful to get familiarized with editing techniques. Such on-line resources are on the UTETT website and require a code from the book.

As an historical support, students are invited to read:

"Manuale di storia del cinema" di G.Rondolino, D. Tomasi, UTET, 2014

The films of the list could be easily found in libraries, video libraries or on DVD.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Rossi