One should have visual literacy, if he/she wants to carve a bright future in the field of film and television. Since cinema is primarily visual medium, one ought to be good at visual understanding for making career in the entertainment industry. A good editor should possess a thorough understanding of:
- Art history
- Colour theory
- Current stylistic trends
- Elements of visual design
- The art of visual storytelling
- Principles of visual composition
Media Minds provides students with detailed inputs on all above discussed elements of visual literacy.
It is mandatory for an editor to have knowledge of continuity. The knowledge of continuity allows filmmakers to interlace visually discrete shots into a flawless persistency of space and time.
With the help of principles of positional, relational and directional continuity, a director creates the credible world of reality. The knowledge of continuity facilitates to constitute a deep stylistic understanding of the film medium.
A good story should have a good beginning, middle and end. A well structured-story is very essential to communicate the desired idea effectively by means of motion picture. An editor must understand the parts of a film. He/she should know how these parts are related to each other in making a creative project. It is very essential to work on proportion, ratio and placement of the various parts of a story to create a fine narrative. Media Minds considers that the structural thinking has to be relevant in making skilled editorial mind and should give thorough insight into the mechanics of linear and non-linear narrative structure.
Editing Different Genres
The aesthetic requirements for both types and genres are different such as the aesthetic of short fiction narration is different from the long fiction narration. In a similar fashion, documentary differs from advertisement and corporate films. It is challenging work for novice editor to work for different genres. However, one can learn a lot during their stay at the institute. The institute organizes training sessions to facilitate students to acquire new knowledge of editing for different genres.
Introduction to Sound Track Design & Mixing
An editor is responsible for executing the tasks such as sound mixing and sound track design for a project. The emergence of advance technology has occupied every possible area of editing. Today, it is not very difficult for a skilled professional to produce creative sound required for a particular scene. Nowadays, the editing system is equipped with advanced sound processors to ensure editors create professional sound tracks and sound mixing.
A skilled editor should, therefore, understand aesthetically and technically the requirements of sound mixing and designing. The four elements of audio track design including non-sync, dialogue, music and sync effects should be understood independently. After completing the course, students get into film and television industry without any difficulty.