What is editing support?
Editing is an analytic tool used to put recorded material to work through the narrating of a film
and storytelling is an important part of the research process as well as a means to reach cinematic expression. The opportunities that exist in broadcast television for documentary are well defined before a film is made, but a research film is in a constant state of evolution right up until the final cut. In order to select the modes of documentary and cutting techniques that best suit your work you must understand your material well and be prepared to receive editorial advice.
Support is available to previous participants of any F4F introductory course and filmmakers with a developed project that includes filmed material that is ready for editing. We assess your individual practical, technical and theoretical requirements with a detailed questionaire that you will receive when you contact us to apply for editing support. This helps us to develop a schedule that best suits your project and deliver exactly the help that you need.
We provide editing support in two formats: as a residential at various times of the year and as part of our annual F4F Summer School each summer. The residential courses usually involve one-to-one supervision meetings using email and Skype along with edit viewings on Vimeo, with a full residential of between 2-6 days depending on the requirements of your project. The supervision and residential course is spread over a few months and costs £1075/£1375 plus £100 per day of full residential (including food, accommodation, equipment and teaching) to a maximum of £500. We also run editing courses at The Futureworks School of Media, alongside our annual Summer School. This course is 7 full days in duration but with less preliminary work on our part. The schedule is designed to cover one weekend of independent editing and 5-days of guided assistance (please note that this is not full-time one-to-one guidance but rather visits from technicians and supervisors over the course of five days according to the requirements of your project). With this course you can attend the introductory sessions and editing software classes included in the Summer School if you wish. This course costs £1075 for concessions and £1375 full fee (not including food and accommodation). A member of our team can also deliver these courses on a one-to-one or group basis at your location. Further details provided on application.
What does it cover?
Our support provides guidance and hands-on assistance at any stage in a post-production from media management through rough cutting to the final stages in editing. It includes preliminary meetings and preparation by Skype, a refresher class on F4F methodologies, hands-on tuition in media management, narrative storytelling and cutting techniques, collective screenings and intensive feedback. We can also provide help if you are developing the methodological aspects of a written statement or thesis. If you already have a locked narrative you will receive instruction in colour correction, sound editing and mixing, titling, sub-titling, exporting and distribution from our F4F tutors, in order to bring your film to professional completion.