Movies | Film
This is a one day workshop discussing some of the common themes for cutting non-fiction films. Beginning with an overview of a documentary narrative form approach, the workshop moves into specific tricks and techniques useful for articulating a language to cutting stories.
Your FOCUS Instructor
Steve Audette has been a documentary editor for nearly 25 years. He is currently working as Senior Editor on the PBS science series NOVA, where his editing helped win The American Association for the Advancement of Science major journalism award. In addition, he works as a relief editor, under the supervision of NOVA senior executive producer, Paula Apsell, fine-cutting documentaries produced by other teams to prepare them for broadcast. Prior to working at NOVA, Steve was Senior Editor on over 40 PBS FRONTLINE programs, and received a 2009 nomination for an Eddie Award from American Cinema Editors (ACE), in the category of Best Documentary Editor for his work on FRONTLINE: BUSH'S WAR.
Steve Audette's work has contributed to many Emmy Award-winning documentaries, as well as Peabody and DuPont Columbia Award-winning programs. In 2009, he produced, directed and edited Nico's Challenge, which was awarded Best Short Documentary during the American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Who Should Attend
The issues discussed during this session can be applied to any narrative form. Be it spots, corporate industrials, reality television, news programing or even dramatic film. No matter the genre of filmmaking, they are all various forms of storytelling.
Students already possess a basic internal understanding of storytelling due to sophisticated talents developed as viewers of television and movies.
Lesson 1: What is a Documentary?
What is documentary and how is it different from fiction films? How is it the same?
What are the common objectives of both? What makes a good film? In story, financials, and success
Lesson 2: Hemmingway's Jest - Explanation of the Story's Elements
Verite and the charming aristocracy
Facts are dangerous things
The Editing table of elements
The Kuleshov effect
When sound lets you see more
Lesson 3: Story Structure
The drama of beginning, middle, and end
The foundation of the three act structure and how it transformed into a five act structure; or was it always five?
The power of character, conflict, and change and the myth of crisis.
The hero's quest
Lesson 4: Case Study
Taking what we have learned through the day and applying it to a narrative as told by three production teams (TBA)
Lesson 5: Class Review & Wrap-up
Review and discussion of class assignment
Q&A time - for any lingering questions students may have
Duration: 1 day
Time: 10am - 6pm
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