Introduction to Post-Production
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Bach of Film and Television
Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210118_01
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: A key priority in the Bachelor of Film and Television Program is the safety of students, staff, and faculty while participating in teaching and learning activities. Therefore, participants are expected to reference and adhere to provincial and federal law, established film industry standards, and Sheridan College's Occupational Health and Safety Policy to ensure a safe working environment for all. See link for additional information:

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
In this introductory course, students explore the principles and techniques of effective storytelling as they are continued in post-production, mainly focusing upon non-linear visual editing. Students learn how to import media and carry their edits through assemblies and rough cuts while maintaining a focus upon overall post-production planning and determining how efficiencies can be exploited during pre-production and production phases. Students will hone their critical eye through guided critique sessions, a fundamental component to working in the collaborative medium of film and television. Through participation in in-class exercises using provided media and while editing their own footage, students also examine standards in the areas of sound needs, colour correction, credit rolls, presentation, exporting, packaging and exhibition.

Program Context

Bach of Film and Television Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
This is a mandatory course in the Bachelor of Film and Television Degree. Fundamental post-production skills, knowledge and techniques provide a groundwork for more complex post-production systems in subsequent courses.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to manipulate image and sound in post-production to heighten the visual story telling process.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the best workflow for post-production.
  2. Contrast a range of editing styles and aesthetics.
  3. Employ visual post-production techniques to produce short films with cohesive narrative flow.
  4. Establish progress in the stages of post-production through the refinement of rough cuts into final edits.
  5. Analyze the sound editing needs of a project.
  6. Prepare a basic final mix for a project.
  7. Exhibit professional behaviour by adhering to provincial law, established film industry standards, and Sheridan College's Occupational Health & Safety Policy.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Assignment 15.0%
 Assignment 220.0%
 Assignment 325.0%
 Assignment 415.0%
 Group Project15.0%
 Discussion Threads20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
All assignments must be submitted by the deadline specified by the professor. All assignments must be delivered in the format and via the delivery method specified by the professor. Any request for an extension must be made prior to the deadline day. Any assignments submitted after the deadline will be penalized 10% each day thereafter. Assignments not delivered 7 days after the due date will receive a zero. Exceptions may be made with a medical note or at the professor's discretion. Unless otherwise specified, students must complete every assignment as an individual effort.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
    Notes:  Both are required.
  • Portfolio
    Notes:  Both are required.

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: tba
OptionalTextbookAudio In Media, Alten, Stanley R., Boston MA: Wadsworth, 10th, 2013
OptionalTextbookThe technique of film and video editing: history, theory and practice, Dancyger, Ken, New York: Routledge, 6th edition, 2018
OptionalTextbookIn the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, Murch, Walter, and Francis F. Coppola, 2001

Applicable student group(s): Bachelor of Film and Television Students
Course Details:

Module 1:

                        Fundamentals of Post-Production

                        Functions and style of editing

                        Importing footage


                                     Assignment 1                5%

                                     Discussion Questions    4%

Module 2:

                        Assemblies & Rough Cuts

                        Recording and working with voice over

                        The rules of editing


                                     Assignment 2                  20%

                                     Discussion Questions      4%

Module 3:

                        Trimming and split edits

                        Adding sounds effects

                        Working with music


Assignment 3                  25%

                                     Discussion Questions      4%

Module 4:

                        Editing techniques

                        Critiquing Peers

                        Media Management


Group Presentation       15%

                                     Discussion Questions      4%

Module 5:

                        Fundamentals of Basic Audio Post

                        Audio mix techniques

                        Refining the edit and evaluations

                        Exports & final delivery


                                     Assignment 4                  15%

                                     Discussion Questions      4%

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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