Managing the Workflow in Premiere

Help with Premiere

A really helpful video on how to manage your workflow in Premiere from Lenny Lenfesty, our visiting expert who will be visiting us next Thursday & Friday 17th & 18th September.

He is red hot on managing Premiere and if you haven’t got your workspace managed he will focus on that before he gets round to giving you advice or creative editing tips.

Be sure you’ve watched this and done some basic sorting of your workspace.

Cinema Stories

In partnership with the Psychology and Sociology department we are pleased to announce the first in the series of Cinema Stories.

We will be screening a notable film and will then hold a 30 minute Q&A discussion with a panel of experts on film and on the issues and topics explored in the movie.

The first event is scheduled for 5th October 7.00 – 10.00 and held at Candie Garden Museum.

The Film will be the documentary master piece by Asif Kapadia; AMY.

To book your place at this event, please click here.

Narrative – PMA and RA


Risk, danger, mise en scene, props, make up, setting, costume, lighting, acting, body language, gesture, facial expressions.


Use the these documents and ensure you have ample detail on them to cover yourself and your actors for risk and also you are absolutely sure about props, make-up, costume, locations etc.

Take copies and put them in a shared Google Drive Folder

Production Meeting Agenda
Risk Assessment

Narrative Story/Shot Sheets


Structure, coverage, chronology, conflict, disruption, resolution, equilibrium


These are examples of really detailed storyboards.  In the professional world you would be required to complete individual drawings for each and every shot.


  • Break the narrative into key scenes i.e. bedroom, park, dancing in flour, escape…
  • Each separate scene becomes one A4 landscape drawing – stick people are fine.
  • Each A4 sheet is annotated with specific shots and descriptions of angles, movement, framing that you want to take and ensure you have when you are shooting that scene. This will ensure you have coverage, a variety of shots and enough footage to be able to convey the narrative.


Narrative – A Step Outline


Illustrative, disjunctive, amplified, anachronic, linear, episodic, thematic, binary oppositions (conflict), stock characters.

Now that you are aware of the elements that help contribute towards a narrative in terms of structure, characters and key themes, you will need to outline your own ideas.

The more detail you can add at this stage the better as then you will be able to complete a storyboard much more easily.


Take a copy of this document and complete it as a group.

You will have developed a simple narrative structure to your video in three parts:

  1. The Beginning – How do you establish the story / theme in the video/ characters?
  2. The Middle – What is the development of the story or the conflict within the theme?
  3. The End – How does the theme/story resolve or does it? What end message do you wish to communicate?

Shaping the narrative in your music video.

Even if your video is thematically based (images and ideas about jealousy for example or entrapment or starting over)  you should consider it as a narrative. This means, however abstract and thematic your video might be, you should show narrative development and characters progression.

Narrative Structure – Recap and new Key Terms


Narrative Structure, characters, binary opposition, theme,

Remember the broad ways in which the narrative of a music video can be described…

  • Illustrative? – give examples
  • Disjunctive? – give examples
  • Amplified? – give examples
Task 1

In pairs, retell a classic fairy tale to your group.  Once upon a time…..all the way, to they all lived happily ever after. Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood etc

  • Linear?
  • Beginning, middle and an end or…
  • Example in a music video?
Task 2

Now identify the key moments that might relate to the key terms above for the classic narrative structure.

Task 3

What about the following terms too:

  • Anachronic? (flashbacks, flash-forwards, out of sequence)
  • Episodic? (Short self contained scenes usually thematically linked)
  • Parallel? (Cross cutting between two scenes that meet at the climax)
    • Example of music video?
  • Linear – runs in chronological order

Drama is conflict (the resolution often reveals the theme)

What are the binary oppositions/conflicts in your fairy tale:

  • Love v Hate?
  • Rich v Poor?
  • Greed v Generosity
  • Old v young
  • Innocence v corruption

What narrative function do the character have?

  • Who is the villain?
  • Who is the victim?
  • Who is the hero?
  • Who is the donor?
  • Who is the adviser?

Remember: music video narratives are rarely complete as this does not encourage an audience to revisit it as there is no need to – everything has been said.

Music video narratives are often thematic and have episodic and anachronic elements to make the narrative more challenging and therefore likely to be ‘watched again and again’.

You should use these key terms as part of your reflections on narrative – pay particular attention when outlining your narrative story-line in the next post.

Welcome Back – We will be hitting the ground running!!!!!!!

We hope you have had a good summer and managed to get some filming done if you needed to.

We will be focusing on narrative now and have a day set aside for filming, next Tuesday 15 September. But, the priorities are:

  • Upload any additional footage
  • Edited and uploaded your performance section – it does not matter if it is not fully lip synced or complete
  • Your reflection must focus on: coverage (have you got enough footage), star image (have you represented your star in the way you envisaged)
    • If not, then make urgent arrangements to get the filming done this week/weekend.
  • Get your blog up to date (Contracts and removal of home study may be in the wings for some of you – sorry!)