2. We started editing once we had finished filming the majority of
our short film. The software we used to edit the film was Final
Cut Pro and this was the first time I have ever used the
software. We first had to import up to around 30 minutes of
footage which we recorded using the import function.
This is the function we used for importing footage to final cut
pro, where it says "Import from Camera"
3. Me and Tesfah both worked on the editing as planned and we
started by editing the basics which was putting all the shots into
order and selecting which were the best shots we recorded to
employ to the actual short film. We dragged each shot we
decided to use onto the timeline and was able to play over the
whole footage we recorded.
This is where all the events were kept after it has been
imported, we then dragged the shots from here onto the
4. This is the timeline feature we used to drag and drop shots onto and
rearrange them in order. When the shots were placed in order we were
able to play it back. The red line indicates where the film is playing from.
This image is where we could see what we have recorded, with the play,
pause, rewind and fast forward icons beneath it.
5. Whilst playing back the shots, we noticed that some needed to be
shortened because they dragged on for a long while. We
shortened them by dragging it to meet the point where we wanted
the shot to finish. All these shots being shortened will help us to
keep the duration of the film between 3-5 minutes and not going
over the time.
This feature showed us the duration of the current footage and if
we found it a bit too long we would try to shorten a shot which
dragged on a bit too long to make the whole footage slightly
6. Before we edited the rest of the shots, we decided to work
on the intertiles which was were the dialogues was going to
be seen. We looked at Buster Keaton's film Boxing to look at
what font and transition techniques were conventional
which we could develop in our film.
This intertile came at the end of the film and we learnt that
the text has to be legible for the audience could be able to
make out what the dialogue is saying.
7. The borders of the interlies were
something which was quite
conventional in 1920s silent films,
and we decided to use a border
which is stylish but at the same
This is the template me and
Tesfah decided to employ for our
silent comedy, we found this
image on google images and
used it for the storyboards when
we was creating the dialogue.
The font we used to show the
dialogue was called "Adobe
Garamond Pro" which we
thought was legible which was
why we are using it. We had to
make sure that the duration of
the intertiles were long enough
for the audience to read.
8. We then imported the intertiles onto Final Cut and then put them in order, so
now it was only the shot's length, pace and brightness we had to edit.
This shot of the empty basket was one that we wanted to edit because Red
Riding Hood's nails hand was seen which we wanted to get rid off.
We used the crop tool to narrow the shot so Red Riding Hood's hand cannot
be seen and it showed greater emphasis on the basket being empty.
9. The film needed to be speeded up meeting the conventions of a silent comedy
film as in the 1920s film could only be shot at 24 frames per second. We had to
edit each shot one by one and change it to a pace which was we thought ran at
a suitable pace with the other shots sped up.
The tool we used to edit the pace of the shots was called "show retime
editor" and we then dragged the shots to the duration we thought was
acceptable. For this shot we retimed it to 150%.
10. We needed to show the audience who created the film at the start as it will
possibly attract them to other films our film company has created. The name of our
film company “2FILM” appeared on screen by itself. Me and Tesfah both created
different logos for our ancillary task but we eventually decided to use my logo for
the film and not Tesfah’s.
This is the logo which we used in the film
11. Since this film is meant to be a silent comedy, we needed to remove
all the sound by using an icon called “detach audio” and clicking on
every sing shot and deleting the audio. The green bar on the
timeline highlighted was what we had to delete to take away the
12. To get the old 1920s effect, I had to change the colour and the
brightness of each shot and then had to adjust each element to my
satisfaction. I decided to use two effects “Aged Film” and “Black &
White” making use of the grains which appear on screen which is what
TV’s had on screen during the 1920s. I made the amount of Aged Film
30.88 and the amount of Black and White to amount 100 because I
thought that the shot was bright enough. This is effect looks below.
13. I also had to brighten some of
the shots which came out
dark using the colour
adjustment tool and changing
the preferences to the colour
which made the shots as
bright as it needed to be.
Some sots needed to be
brighter than others so I did
not used the same
preferences or every shot.
14. The last piece of manipulation I had to
do was to add transitions to shots
marking a change of scenes and to
shots at the beginning of the film
where a lot of captions were needed
to be read. The circle transition was
the I one I decided to use because I
believe that it brings a 1920s effect to
the film and it is used in some silent
films. I didn’t use the transition for
every single shot because I thought
that the effect would be overkilled and
will turn out to be meaningless.
15. • I finished the editing by adding sound to the film. I needed to
add orchestral music because every silent film had orchestral
music. The orchestral music I used to run parallel to the film
was called “Sa majeste Eisenstein” by Albert Levy. I chose this
song as I thought that it goes best with what was being seen
on screen. I had to listen to many songs by Alain Milon,
Corinne Lesage, Cyril Lazareff, Gerard Doulssane and Martine
Morel before deciding to use the song I eventually used.