POST 100 Video Editing for Non-Majors (Formerly DC 120)

Raphael Nash

Office: STDC 332
Winter 2020-2021
Class number: 28824
Section number: 501
MW 11:50AM - 1:20PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


Students analyze and assemble dramatic scenes under a variety of conditions and narrative strategies. Editing theories, techniques and procedures, issues of continuity, effects, movement and sound are examined as they relate to the fundamentals of cinematic montage and visual storytelling. This class presents a variety of topics and experiences that are designed to broaden the student's understanding of the art of cinematic storytelling and montage. Work on more advanced projects is integrated into the class as a means to an understanding of advanced editing tools and techniques. This course has an additional fee. PREREQUISITE(S): NONE





The Course:


Introduction to Editing:


  • What is the Editor’s Job?  (To illustrate a fictional / non, narrative for audiences using video footage, sound, text and/or special effects)
  • What are the viewer’s expectations?  (Unknowingly they expect Synced Audio, Clear audio, Gapless Cuts, Continuity)
  • Via vocabulary, readings, demonstrations, screenings, exercises & projects, the goal is to analyze, understand & create.




Main Projects:


PSA / Montage Project:


  • Intro to Montage & Basic Premiere usage
  • Will use found or taken videos, photos, text and music
  • 2-5 min piece based on one of several topics:  TBD (War, Poverty, Global Warming)
  • The purpose is to creatively and fully illustrate the topic for an audience
  • Videos, Photos and Music can be taken from Internet, and must be referenced
  • Text should include facts and statistics



Continuity Project:


  • Narrative Editing
  • Will use existing footage, audio, text and music
  • 2-3 min Spec. Commercial Edit
  • The class will be provided with raw footage from an unedited commercial


Movie Trailer Project:


  • Montage and Narrative Editing hybrid
  • Will use entire films, sound effects, text and music
  • 2 min – 2:30 movie trailer for one of several films:  TBD
  • The purpose is to identify key scenes, characters, dialogue and imagery to best illustrate the themes, summarize the plot and promote the motion picture.


NOT REQUIRED: Adobe Premiere Pro CC Classroom in a Book 13th Edition - ISBN: 978-0321919380


Project 1: 15%

Project 2: 15%

Final Project:  20%

Writing Assignments:  10%

Exercises: 5%

Participation: 5%

Quizzes:  30%




Adobe Premiere CC

Additional Requirements

500 GB Minimum – USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt equipped external hard drive

Additional Info

Course Policies

  • Attendance and class participation is mandatory
  • Late assignments will not be accepted without permission

How Learning Outcomes Will Be Met

  1. In-class screening of the film editing history documentary – The Cutting Edge:  The Magic of Movie Making
  2. In-class screening of current television shows, films, and online short films
  3. Vocabulary from books, handouts, and articles

Writing Expectations

Students will be expected to complete 5-7 pages of writing for this course.


How Writing Expectations Will Be Met

  1. 1 two-page essay based on film editing history
  2. 3 one-page response essays based on modern television program or film or their choosing


School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296