The School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, is conducting a film production course on three levels.

The Video Editing for Film & Television is for the second level, which holds on March 7th – 12th, 2016.

Key to any story is a clearly identifiable perspective (whose Keyes the story is told from) and a coherent narrative. This means that by default a story is made twice: once on the writing table with the scriptwriter and the other, on the editing table, with the editor. The role of an editor and editing as an art is to bring pictures alive and today’s process of digital editing has provided endless possibilities of what can be done in an editing room. The course will be taught using digital editing /professional editing software.


- Video Formats and workflow

-Visual Literacy – Continuity

-Narrative Structure

- Video Genres

-Mastering – Introduction to Special effects – Sound Track Design & Mixing – Titles – Grading – Exporting for Broadcast

Course Work & Projects

1) Continuity Exercises

2) Dialogue Exercises

3) Montage

Duration: 6 days

Module Synopses

Formats: Understanding camera and editing video formats is an important part of film making. The level of compression, whether H264, ProRes, Raw, 4K or HDV, influences the editing workflow. Are you working with just one file format on your timeline or are you using footage with different file format. How do you approach this and yet maximize quality: We will further explore the editing work flow of how to set up your edit, arrange your timeline and start a cutting process.

Genres: Video genres are very important in guiding the process of film editing; the job of an editor is to create visual realities. For the job of an editor to be accepted by an audience, it needs to be believable. For it to be believable to an audience they need to be able to relate to it. For the audience to be able to relate to an editor’s work, it needs to have properties that the audience is familiar with. These properties are cocooned in genres. Understanding genres, their rules and how to break them will form the core of this module.

Narrative Structures: Narrative structures are the holy grail of editing; every narrative should have a beginning, middle and end but not necessarily in this order. But the key remains how do you tell a story in a way that is engaging, intriguing and amusing? This module will explore the different genres in film/TV, their respective conventions and how these conventions affect the way narratives are woven together to create stories with depth and a defined point of view.

Visual literacy & Continuity: Visual literacy is a key part of storytelling. Key to any video is whether a narrative makes sense to the viewing eye, and the sequences of shots pulled together to create a montage must propel the story forward in a way that makes sense to what the audience has seen previous. This module will focus on types of shots and how they are used to create a narrative and protect continuity.

Mastering: When an editor is finished with the cut on the timeline, the final workflow, before the edit is exported, is to master the video. this module will explore audio mix down, titles design, colour correction and grading then the final export setting for various outputs.

For Whom: Editors, producers, directors, camera men, professionals interested in TV and film production

Course Fees: N285,000 per participant. Cover course materials, tea and lunch.

Certificate: A certificate of participation will be awarded to participants who attend all the modules and fulfill all the requirements of their programmes.

Venue: School of Media and Communication (SMC) Pan-Atlantic University, Main Campus, Km 52 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos

Date: To Be Advised.

Enquiries and Registration:

Further information on all SMC programmes and activities can be obtained online @ or by calling

Isaac – 0803 346 0440

Opeyemi Gazali – 0806 638 5629, 0805 812 7207

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or from our office at School of Media and Communication (SMC), Pan-Atlantic University, Main Campus, Km 52 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

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