VIDEO EDITING / SPECIAL EFFECTS
2 Year course – CSFP (HIGHER EDUCATION VOCATIONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATE)
MJM VIDEO EDITING SCHOOL OF PARIS, RENNES & STRASBOURG – FRANCE
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION
Today, digital technologies are inescapable part of the world of audiovisual production. From the humble advert to the most sophisticated film, they are constantly evolving and have resulted in a growing demand for technical artists in the job market.
On the strength of its teaching in applied arts which, for over 30 years, has helped talented young people to acquire industry-recognised professional expertise and experience, MJM Graphic Design video editing is committed to standing out from the crowd by creating a specific course – the result of a long market research process conducted with digital imaging and special effects professionals.
To guide students towards the independent and professional practice of digital editing in all its forms and to address the various facets of the profession, history of cinema, the rules of writing and editing on digital stations and giving them the opportunity to discover all aspects of the film production process so that they can integrate more easily into the employment market.
Special effects editor creates graphic designs for TV programmes and channels, sometimes together with a digital artist. The emergence of this specialist type of editing coincided with the video and has continued to develop along with the control rooms.
The special effects editor has a perfect understanding of the available options for creating fade outs, inlays and overlays.
– Special effects editor
– Video editor
– 2D & 3D matte painting graphic designer
– Compositing graphics designer for television production companies, television channels and film production companies. He/she may choose to be salaried or freelance.
There are better and better job prospects in the post-production sector of video editing and special effects thanks to the development of cable and satellite, with television production companies and television channels constituting the main recruiters for junior editors.
Cable networks, large companies and websites are also on the look for versatile, creative and competent technicians. The number of films produced in the world has increased in recent years, which has increased the employment opportunities for editors.
Editors, who intervene following the writing of the script and filming of the scenes, must acquire extensive vocabulary and expertise. In addition to lectures on topics such as film analysis taught by business professionals, the students are also offered many different workshops. What’s more, as practice in the field is necessary for consolidating knowledge and the development of professional experience, each student shoots and edits a project on which they will have worked from the writing stage right through to broadcasting.
They learn how to write the storyline, shoot it and edit it using the most appropriate effects, masks and title paths with key points and Bezier points, pre-cutting, including colour correction, and then mix and show it in full. They are also given the opportunity to work in black and white, out of focus and with colorimetry.
The video editing element of the course focuses on introducing Final Cut Pro and Avid Xpress and their different video editing logics, Adobe Photoshop for touching up still images and After Effects for special effects. This also provides a gateway to Sound Design and Protocols for mixing and transferring sound, Motion for video graphic design and generic effects, Mediacomposer, Shake and 3Dsmax, etc.
The creation of mini-reports (2 to 4 minutes) gives students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the stages of the production process (from the concept to the finished product). They may also, from rushes of short films placed in a bin, produce their own short films by selecting the good clips. It is at this point that the students are required to draw upon their general knowledge, their
deductive reasoning skills and their personalities. Deductive reasoning skills are also worked on during the production of adverts based on a film watched in class. We also explore Compositing which enables the integration of the unreal into the real (for example King Kong 2), as well as calibration which enables the colourisation of clips of the same location filmed at different moments (good weather and bad weather). Through the meticulous and professional work of the editor, the location looks to have been filmed in one go.
As the editor has to work directly with the director, students of MJM Graphic Design School are also given the opportunity, thanks to the sophisticated technology at their disposal, to learn how to use a camera and to shoot films during major events or exhibitions so as to capture news as it happens.
• Basic notions of dramaturgy
• Structure of the screenplay: three act construction, the mechanism of conflict
• Characters (identification and characterisation), dialogues
• Basic notions of the quest
• Presenting a screenplay
• The mechanism for managing information
• Awareness of the complexity of the world of sound
• The basics of sound and an introduction to the Soundtrack and audio editing
• The process of sound transmission
• Sound and digital technology
• Temporal coding and synchronisation
• Sound during filming
• Digital systems
Shooting and production
• Introduction to shooting, the frame, basic techniques and the culture of the look
• Camera basics
• Filming techniques
• Light and the image
• Shooting angle
• History of the cinema
• Technical process of film
• Distribution and broadcasting
• Film grammar: basis 1 Film grammar: basics 2 and 3
Special effects, designs and processing images
• Learning the basics and putting them into practice (modules)
• Introduction to software, audiovisual techniques and objectives
• Puppet effect and parent overlays
• Keying and transparency
• After Effects and Photoshop masks
• Different types of tracking – Mocha
• Day and night effects – Photoshop
• Vanishing point
• The functions of light and camera with 3D
• Animated paths and masks
• 3D extrusion, Camera tracker
• Matte painting /special effects
• The storyboard and pre-production
• Storyboarded scenes
• Text, images and diagrams
technique video editing
• Software-related vocabulary
• English relating to multimedia Identifying different software tools
• Basic vocabulary relating to multimedia technologies
• Managing a professional project in English
• Comprehension of basic concepts of video editing
To upgrade students and to give them a solid foundation in areas that will become their production tools and their expertise through different modules.
Modules and concrete goals
• The first year focuses acquiring editing software skills and mastering other kinds of software for use with video. This is punctuated with regular supervised practical work, to effectively integrate knowledge.
• This first year is divided into three terms. Each term represents a stage in the general study of each discipline with « milestones in the acquisition of knowledge » to overcome.
The differents discipline in video editing are introduced gradually:
• History of the cinema
• Sound: awareness of the complexity of the world of sound
• Special effects: design, development and monitoring
Educational goal: To increase the students’ proficiency in editing and production, this second year focuses on writing a number of screenplays which they then must produce over the course of the year. This year should enable students to get a handle on their knowledge and its application.
Finally, for the final exam, students produce and film a TV series pilot/short film in professional conditions (film studio with professional technicians).
Workshops are organised in the 2nd year. They allow the students to meet professionals from outside the school who speak about specific issues that complement the course content.
• International market analysis
• Potential and evolution of the audiovisual market and the consequences for writing and production
At the end of the course and after satisfying a panel of professionals, depending on their training, the student will be awarded: a CSFP (Certificat Supérieur de Formation Professionnelle [Higher Education Vocational Training Certificate]) or a CERTIFICATION registered with the RNCP.
Currently, courses in Advertising Graphic Design, Infographics, Web Design, Fashion Design/Pattern Making and Interior Architecture are registered with the RNCP (Registre National de Certification Professionnelle [National Register of Vocational Certifications]).
Finally, our institution has been awarded the OPQF (Organisme Professionnel de Qualification des organismes de Formation [Professional Qualifying Body of Training Institutes]) qualification which attests to the quality of the training.
MJM Graphic Design is a video editing and special effects school in France. You can apply for follow the video editing and special effects program in Paris, Rennes & Strasbourg. You will become video editor and make your passion your profession !