Short Term Courses

Non Linear Editing

Duration: 6 Months

It is believed that a film can be made or marred at the editing table. Editing is that stage of filmmaking when the material, which has been shot, or the rushes of a film can be sorted, arranged, assembled and formatted. It is the last stage for a filmmaker to rethink and develop his or her film as conceptualized.

Many experimental filmmakers do not edit their films and many edit during the shoot itself. But the process of shaping the film on the edit table is by far the most popularly used method of making a film.

Non-linear editing is the type of editing which is not done in sequence. It is done one scene at a time and not in order of the real script.

Editing can be done on various kinds of machines and software and with the constant growth of technology, the facilities of these machines and software are also increasing. However, the basic principles of editing remain the same wherein a shot is connected with another shot with the help of a range of transitions like a cut, a dissolve, a wipe etc. It was filmmaker D.W. Griffith who first understood and worked on the principles of continuity editing where shots are connected to each other logically in sequence. However, it was Sergei Eisenstein who worked on a completely different concept of putting shots together, the montage method where completely random shots are juxtaposed to bring out a completely new meaning through the sequence.

At Delhi Film Institute, we offer a course in Non-Linear Editing on Avid as our machines. Avid is the most popular editing machine, not only in the television industry but also in the film industry. However, our main initiative remains that we endeavor to gear our students with the basic principles of editing and to help them develop their own aesthetic and film sense. This in turn will help them go very far in terms of being an Editor rather than a mere technical operator of a machine.

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