Introduction to Film Editing
This lesson, inspired by PBS' film series, REEL NY, allows students to
explore the art of film editing. In this lesson students are introduced
to the role of a film editor and to two common film-editing techniques:
continuity editing and montage (discontinuity) editing. By viewing video
clips, students learn to identify and define these two editing styles
and explore how and why these techniques are employed to tell a visual
story. As a culminating activity, students gain hands-on experience with
these techniques through an in-camera edit exercise.
Grades 9 - 12
Five to six 50-minute class periods
Students will be able to:
- Identify continuity editing and montage (discontinuity) editing.
- Understand how and why these techniques are employed to tell a visual
- Understand the role and responsibilities of a film editor.
- Execute both continuity and montage (discontinuity) techniques in
an in-camera edit exercise.
- Work collaboratively.
Visual Arts, Level 4, Standard 1: Understands and applies media,
techniques and processes related to the visual arts
Understands how the communication of ideas relates to the media, techniques
and processes one uses.
Visual Arts, Level 4, Standard 2: Knows how to use structures (e.g.,
sensory qualities, organizational principles, expressive features) and
functions of art
Understands how the characteristics and structures of art are used to
accomplish commercial, personal, communal or other artistic intentions.
This lesson was prepared by: Brandon G. Kiggins