Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: Editing a film

Five young people have shot a short film about British hurdler and Olympic hopeful Zara Hohn, and now they need to edit it.

Working with filmmaker Barry J Gibb, they learn how shots come together in an edit, using interview, cutaways and music to tell the story.

Focusing on preparation, structure and the importance of having a beginning, middle and end, they explore the various layers that combine to form a short narrative.

This clip is from the series Making Media.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used to demonstrate editing steps before pupils undertake practical work.

Ask students to list the steps they would undertake to edit a film, from shooting to the initial broadcast to the public.

Practise editing selected clips, with reference to the steps students have identified.

Curriculum Notes

These films will be relevant for Media Studies KS3, KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

More from the series Making Media

Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: How to build a website
Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: How to conduct an interview
Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: How to edit a film trailer
Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: Research, planning and filming
Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: The finished film
Media Studies KS3 / GCSE: How to shoot a music video