This week’s project in Media Practices: Film Form is an assignment that all film students do at one point: editing dailies from a scene in a 1958 episode of the television show Gunsmoke into something coherent. In addition to editing the 14 minutes of footage into something a little less than five minutes, I also added some sound effects and music.
Here’s the actual class assignment:
Mini-Tech Assignment: Editing Gunsmoke
For this assignment you will be provided with dailies from the old television series Gunsmoke. Using these dailies and FCP, I would like you to produce an edited scene from the 14 minutes of footage being provided to you. To a large degree, the footage will tell you how it should be edited. You can choose to follow the “classical” conventions as closely (or as loosely) as you like. Whichever option you choose though the scene that you submit should feel fully edited and complete. (Note: you won’t be penalized for not adding additional sound elements; however I certainly wouldn’t object to the addition of an effective audio track.)
As a mini-tech assignment, it will be evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5 points (as opposed to 1 to 10 points for the other exercises). It should be submitted on a disc to me at the beginning of the Tuesday, November 29 session. Late submissions will receive a reduced grade. A small selection of these works will be screened near the end of the semester. Ryan will review these works and submit comments to me. He will curate the screening.
These points will be added to your total for Tech Assignments (50% of grade)
And here’s my final cut as submitted:
Here’s the original footage that we had to work with: