Purpose: To gain skill in audio manipulation and help you see media as a tool, not a taskmaster.
Basis: Too often student productions drag on because the editor is basing the production on the song. 'The song is five minutes,' they reason, 'so my piece will be five minutes.' May it not be so! If your film is best at 1:30, make it only that long. And, for the love of good filmmaking, do not simply unceremoniously fade the song out at the end.
Directions: Take a song you like and make it exactly 1 minute long. You must include elements from the beginning, middle and end of the song.
Looking Forward: With a few more tools under your belt, it’s time start your next movie.
What to Watch: "Karate Kid Poker Face" [Karate Kid is PG] Here's a major Hollywood picture where they took a 3:35 song and cut it down to :50. Yep, this is a skill that is really put to use in "the real world."
Watch Samples: Please do not upload any copyrighted material to the internet.