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FILM 2701 Film Editing (Sen-I Yu): Home

OER for Professor Sen-I Yu Spring 2020


Sen-I Yu.

Professor and Filmmaker: Sen-I Yu
Office: WEB # 233

Courses: Film Editing 2701

  • Section 1: Monday, 9:30 AM - 1:10 PM - Spring 2020
  • Section 2: Monday, 2:15 PM - 5:55 PM - Spring 2020

Sen-I Yu's Bio | Sen-I Yu's Web site

Download syllabus Spring 2020

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Course Description

How does the editing of images and sound reveal the complexity of an experience? Through editing we will learn to manipulate time, space, sound and emotions to create a subjective experience we can share with the viewers. In this course you will work to develop skills in the craft of editing. This is a hands-on course, emphasizing non-linear editing using Premiere Pro CC. In addition to the technical aspects of editing, we will study the art and theory of the craft through screenings of a variety of works. We will explore various conventions and expressions in narrative, documentary and experimental forms. Over the course of the semester, you will begin to define your role as an editor, understand editing as a potential profession, and discover how it enriches your overall process as a storyteller.

Course Objectives

  • To gain a foundational knowledge of history, aesthetics and techniques of film editing
  • To edit a number of scenes in a variety of narrative and visual styles and genres
  • To be exposed to current industry standards and practices
  • To encourage collaboration and emphasize the interconnection of script, direction, production design, cinematography, sound and visual effects
  • To enrich each student’s process as a storyteller and filmmaker.

Course Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Be proficient in approaches to montage, dialog, and documentary editing
  2. Critically discuss scenes by working editors and peers
  3. Collaborate effectively with peers
  4. Understand professional standards

Course Readings

Required Reading

  1. Boyde, N. (2014) Walter Murch and the "Rule of Six" - Film Editing.external link. Video &
  2. V Renée (2016)  6 'Rules' for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch.external link. No Film School.

Required Online Training with Lynda dot com

  • Students will be using lynda dot com's training on "Premiere Pro CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics" by Ashley Kennedy
  • Assigned chapters will be listed in the "Course Schedule" section of this OER and on the syllabus.
  • Gain access, for free, to Lynda dot com, using your Brooklyn Public Library external link. or  New York Public Library external link.account.
    • Note: Brooklyn Public Library cards external link. and New York Public Library cards external link.  are "free for anyone that lives, works, pays property taxes, or attends school in New York State."
    • Note: To access lynda dot com for free YOU MUST access course content through the BPL's or NYPL's  lynda dot com login page, and not by directly visiting the lynda dot com homepage. Bookmark accordingly.
  • Once you have logged into lynda dot com with your NYPL or BKPL library account you create a personalized lynda dot com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also featured exercise files.
  • In lynda dot com search for: "Premiere Pro CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics"

Optional Readings


Attendance Policy

  • This course moves quickly from topic to topic, with each class building on the material from the previousclass. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get class notes and make up all missed work.
  • Film department policy requires a grade of F if there are more than 2 absences.
  • Lateness is considered the equivalent of a quarter of one absence. Each additional 20 minutes you are late will count as an additional quarter of an absence.
  • Class breaks will be 15 minutes long. If you are late after the break, that too will count as a quarter of an absence.
  • Any combination of absences and times late totaling more than two will also result in failure.
  • Additionally, if you miss the equivalent of 1.5 classes, your final grade will be reduced by 1/3 of a grade. If you miss the equivalent of 2 classes, your final grade will be reduced by 2/3 of a grade. This grade reduction for attendance can result in getting a grade of C- or less, and therefore result in your failing the course.
  • Completing assignments for other courses or working on a film production are never valid excuses for an absence from class.
  • A late assignment will be deducted one letter grade.
  • No assignment will be accepted more than a week late.
  • No incomplete will be given.


  • In order to receive disability-related academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services.external link.
  • Students who have a documented disability or suspect they may have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell at 718-951-5538.
  • If you have already registered with the Center for Student Disability Services, please provide your professor with the course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with him/her.

Cell Phones

Your cell phone must be turned off during class. Points will be deducted from your attendance and participation grade if your phone rings, or if I notice you using your phone for any reason during class. This includes checking your email, chatting, or any other online activity while working on computers during lab.

Academic Integrity

  • The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism.
  • Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.
  • View complete text of CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation.external link.
  • If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.
  • Please read the section entitled “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations of the College.


  • Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairsexternal link. 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure. The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice).
  • Typically, this death involves that of a family member, in parallel to the bereavement policy for faculty and staff. However, it is up to the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs to determine if a death outside of the immediate family warrants implementation of the student bereavement policy.
  • As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Standard Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will contact the student’s faculty and academic staff of the student’s courses.
  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure:

  • Students may be allowed to withdraw from the semester in which the death occurs.
  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  • Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.

Non-attendance for Religious Reasons

  • The New York State Education Law provides that no student shall be expelled or refused admission to an institution of higher education because he or she is unable to attend classes or participate in examinations or study or work requirements on any particular day or days because of religious beliefs.
  • Students who are unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be excused from any examination or study or work requirements.
  • Faculty must make good-faith efforts to provide students absent from class because of religious beliefs equivalent opportunities to make up the work missed; no additional fees may be charged for this consideration.
  • If classes, examinations, or study or work requirements occur on Friday after 4 p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, or study or work requirements will be made available on other days, where possible and practical.
  • The faculty and the administration will not allow any adverse or prejudicial effects to accrue to students availing themselves of this regulation.
  • If students have complaints about the application of this policy, they are entitled to bring action or a proceeding for enforcement of their rights in the Supreme Court of Kings County.

Required Hardware

  • Headphones ~ Always bring to class for lab work.
  • External hard drive ~ will discuss during the first class.


A minimum of 4- 6 hours per week of work outside of class is required to successfully complete this class. In most cases, considerably more time is needed. It is your responsibility to manage your time with computer lab hours.

Assignments & Assessment

Assignments & Assessments Percentage
Participation and Lab 15%
Quizzes and Shot Analysis Lab 15%
Project 1 20%
Project 2 20%
Project 3 30%

Grading for course

A "A" grade goes to work that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the craft and principles involved. It is creative, inspired, and engaging.

A "B" grade reflects a strong technical grasp and above average work.

A "C" grade indicates that work is satisfactory and meets basic requirements.