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Smithee's Lecture: A Digital Editing Exercise For Film & Video

A Dynamic Educational Resource Designed For Use In The Classroom. Telly Award Winning. Written, produced and directed by award winning filmmaker, David Liban.

Editing is a powerful art form that can make or break a good video or film. Teaching video editing effectively requires access to raw footage, audio, actors, and a well-crafted script. This unique program and educational resource, provides the tools to teach the concepts, theories and practices that have become the visual language of our current media form. With over two hours of raw footage, multiple subplots, multiple characters, music, sound effects, graphics and compositing elements this program provides numerous ways for students to reconstruct the film and edit the program.

The Premise: Smithee's Lecture is a 25 minute short video featuring five students in a mad rush to attend a lecture given by famous Hollywood director, Alan Smithee. The story-line has multiple characters and subplots giving students an opportunity to edit their own version of the story, while learning the various styles and methods of storytelling an editor has at their disposal. There are a number of subjects featured including split editing, logging, compositing, media management, sound mixing and a number of performance-based decision making. The program also teaches parallel editing, montage editing and continuity editing so students can practice these editing styles. One scene is fully slated to teach synching audio. The original shooting script and the producers finished version are also included so professors can demonstrate how the program can be cut together and the different approaches an editor might take.

Program Contents:
Disc Set Includes: One DVD of the completed show and three DVD's of the original elements - video clips, graphics, sound effects and music that are to be used for editing.
Disc 1 and 2: Contain the video clips.
Disc 3: Contains all sound and graphic elements.
Disc 4: One DVD of the completed show. Program Contents: Because of the various computer platforms and operating systems, Mpeg2 files are used. Insert the element discs into a stand alone DVD player. Choose a clip from the menu, then capture the video to your favorite editing system as if you were using a video tape deck. Optionally, you can also use a program like Cinematize (http://www.miraizon.com) to convert the Mpeg2 files to a file compatible to your current editing system. Once you have the files on your hard drive you can burn them to a disc or export the clips to your favorite video tape format like mini DV or DVCAM. This will ensure future use with your NLE editing system.

$ 299.99

The Hold Up - An Editing Exercise - with Roger Ebert

Nationally syndicated film critic Roger Ebert takes students from rushes to the fine cut of a dramatic band robbery scene. Mr. Ebert’s commentary provides insights into basic editing techniques such as matching action, parallel editing and continuity as well as the effects of camera angles, point of view and reaction shots. The film concludes with two edited versions, illustrating the widely different approaches an editor might take in assembling the sequence. Unedited, slated rushes are available in various video and DVD formats, providing students with an opportunity to edit their own version of the scene. The sequence is designed so that it can be edited as a silent film or with single or double system sound. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: * Matching Action * Parallel Editing * Camera Angles * Recation Shots. Please Note: DVD, VHS, CDROM and Rushes are all available for purchase separately.

"For computer based editing systems - this is the most widely used training film for editing students in use today! “A classic profile of how to use camera angles, sound and effects to create effective tension-filled drama.” - Professor Robert Johnson, Jr., Framingham State College. “I am very pleased. Exactly what I needed for the course.” - Warren Carter, TV Production, Golden West College.

The Hold Up DVD

The DVD version of The Hold Up includes the instructional film with the Roger Ebert commentary.

60 mins.


The Hold Up DVD Rushes

The Rushes DVD includes video clips with sound. The files are formated for both the Macintosh (.MOV) and Windows (.AVI) standard file formats. There are no Ebert comments, just the raw footage.

$ 149

The Hold Up VHS

20 min.

$ 119.00

The Hold Up VHS Rushes

The Hold Up Rushes includes unsynced audio clips in both "aif" and "wav" formats.

17 min.

$ 119.00

The Hold Up CDROM (No Audio)

CDROM: 480 x 360 (No Audio) Windows and Mac Format. "mov" and "avi"

$ 119.00

The Hold Up CDROM (Non-Synced Audio Clips)

CDROM: 320 X 240 (Non-Synced Audio Clips) Windows and Mac Format. "aif" and "wav".

$ 149.00

Designing & Building Your DeskTop Video System

"Contains a lot of information. I found it to be a good mix." - Dale Shields, Training /Oregon OSHA

This program walks you through the selection of computer platform, peripherals, software, video format and video post production equipment, for an integratedc desktop system.

45 min.

$ 49.95

Designing Effective Desktop Graphics

Graphics created on your own computer can look terrific or terrible when transferred to video. This program explores the use of text, line, color, backgrounds and graphic design for effective communication of your message. Special emphasis is placed on designing graphics that will withstand the limitations of the video signal, including resolution, contrast tolerance, color tolerance and the potential for flicker and interference patterns.

14 min.

$ 89.85
$ 99.00

An Editing Exercise

Hands on editing experience.

This editing exercise includes all the shots from a sequence of a TV historical drama. The scene lends itself to a variety of dramatic approaches and contains special problems to be solved as well as split opportunities for split edits and double track editing. The director's edited version is also included. This program is an ideal introduction to the practical and creative aspects of editing and also includes a shot list and marked script.

15 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Video Post Production

A good overview of off-line editing, on-line editing and sound mixing ... highly recommended. - Video Librarian Magazine

This program presents an entertaining overview of video post-production basics. Topics include pre-production planning, the efficient use of time code and user bits, structuring the off-line edit to make the on-line edit fast and economical, digital effects, audio sweetening, digital audio and mixed format film / tape procedures. This state-of-the-art presentation serves as its own example, making elaborate use digital effects and graphics. A clear introduction to the sometimes bewildering world of video post which is as useful to communications specialists as it is to students.

28 min.

$ 149.00
$ 169.00

Editing Techniques: Reducing Time

Film making almost always involves the compression of time. Here a simple example (changing a tire) is used to show the pros and cons of basic time reduction techniques including camera movement, jump cuts, exits, entrances, cutaways, parallel action and visual effects. Directors will learn how to plan coverage to provide their editor with maximum flexibility. Complete rushes for the sequence are provided so that students can create their own edited version.

10 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Editing Techniques: Reducing Time 3/4"

Film making almost always involves the compression of time. Here a simple example (changing a tire) is used to show the pros and cons of basic time reduction techniques including camera movement, jump cuts, exits, entrances, cutaways, parallel action and visual effects. Directors will learn how to plan coverage to provide their editor with maximum flexibility. Complete rushes for the sequence are provided so that students can create their own edited version.

10 min.

$ 199.00

The Dub

This program shows the preparation of tracks and mixing sessions for "The Fringe Dwellers", directed by Bruce Beresford - "Driving Miss Daisy", "Tender Mercies".

18 min.

$ 49.95

Alice in Effects Land

A very modern Alice is introduced to the special effects techniques of front projection, rotoscoping, multilayer optical printing and motion control.

15 min.

$ 49.95

The Film Score

Renowned American film composer Miles Goodman ( la Bamba, Little Shop Of Horrors ) works with an engineer and symphony orchestra to record the score of a feature film.

24 min.

$ 49.95
$ 69.95

Music For Film

British composer Ron Goodwin demonstrates film music production procedures with an emphasis on timing and synchronization. He shows how timings for a scene are taken by a music editor and the transformed onto a score by the composer with demonstrations on the use of click tracks. Goodwin illustrates his presentation with excerpts from his score for "The Trap" and "Where Eagles Dare" and shows how a basic theme can be developed and used in a wide range of ways throughout a film.

55 min.

$ 149.00

$ 149.00


Post Synchronization

This program shows the shooting of a period scene on a noisy location. Follow three possible dialogue replacement procedures including the original method in which the film and guide track are cut into short loops, the "rock and roll" procedure using synchronous rollback, and the modern Automatic Dialogue Replacement or ADR method. For each procedure we see exactly how guide tracks are prepared, how the recording sessions is executed, and finally how the new tracks are integrated with sound effects and music to create a polished final track.

28 min.

$ 49.95
$ 49.95

Creative Editing Techniques for Non-Linear Editing

Ideal for video editing and field production courses. Non-linear editing software has opened the door to a seemingly-infinite number of creative possibilities. The software can do almost anything you ask it to do, but you may not always have the time to come up with ideas to make a program stand out. This program demonstrates dozens of easy-to imitate techniques that will work with any non-linear program, including techniques to maximize layering, motion, text, effects, razor tools and more.

15 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Basic Blue Screen & Green Screen Photography PLUS

Three Stars. "A solid guide for entry-level shooters with professional dreams, as well as technical collections serving students in the motion picture and video fields, this is recommended." - Video Librarian Magazine.

Visual Effects Learning Series. Learn the art and science of Blue Screen and Green Screen photography from special effects veteran and Academy Award Winner Peter Kuran. Whether you want to shoot your own Blue and Green Screen to composite or just familiarize yourself with the terms and techniques, this informative tutorial takes you behind the scenes to learn. PLUS version Includes: • 30 minute program with compositing highlights • Broadcast resolution QuickTime movies (720x486) • HD resolution QuickTime movies (1920x1080, 24p) • PDFs include: Manual, Glossary, Resource Guide.

30 mins.

$ 99.00

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