Course Information
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorApostolos Karakasis
Course ID280007582

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Film Studies (2009-2013)

Registered students: 93
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course324

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester students will be able to: 1. know film editing history 2. know the essential film editing theories 3. understand different functions of editing 4. develop critical thinking on editing 5. develop the skill to discuss film editing issues critically
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
An introduction to the basic principles of editing is offered together with an overview of its historical evolution. The «discovery» of continuity editing, the contribution of pioneers such as Porter and Griffith to film narration. The Soviet montage theorists (Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Pudovkin, Kuleshov) and the heritage of their experimentation in today’s cinematic language. Basic “cuts”, types of match cuts, usual ways of maintaining or breaking the continuity relation between two shots. Ways of creating temporal ellipsis within a scene. The narrative function of basic and advanced visual effects. Analysis of typical scenes (exposition, flashback, montage sequences, parallel action etc). Overall the course intends to develop a critical understanding of the function of individual editing «tools» and provide an insight into the main concepts of the «engineering» of film narration by exploring a wide variety of examples drawn from different genres and historical periods.
film editing history, film editing theory
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
During the course a wide variety of excerpts drawn from world cinema are presented displaying the use of different editing techniques. Students contribute to this "anthology" with excerpts of their own choice.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301
Student Assessment
Evaluation is based on three practical exercises (50%), one multiple choice test (40%) and class participation (10%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Pinel, Vincent. Το μοντάζ. Πατάκης 2006. Αϊζεστάιν, Σεργκέι. Η ΜΟΡΦΗ ΤΟΥ ΦΙΛΜ . Αιγόκερως 2003.
Additional bibliography for study
Chandler, Gael. Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker Must Know. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2009 Murch, Walter. In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. Los Angeles: Silman-James, 2001 Reisz, Karel, and Gavin Millar. The Technique of Film Editing. New York: Hastings House, 1968
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