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Editsense | A Film Language & Film Making Interactive DVD

Nicole Ponsford | Monday February 10, 2014

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Editsense & Filmsense

What is Editsense?


‘Editsense is a new approach to learning about film language and film-making’.

This is an interactive DVD with excellent, practical examples of film - perfect for teachers of moving image, be it English, Creative and Digital Media or Film Studies.

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film.  There are no audio clips.

The site licence is now available for £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the original price of £99.00+VAT

What does it include?

It includes video examples of film language including camerawork, mise-en-scene, editing techniques, sound and even advanced features like continuity

Each term and video clip has a clear definition to make it easy for students to understand the medium specific language. This is great for directed teaching.

To then move onto independent work, users are then able to edit a range of shots. These include:

How does it work?

The Editsense materials are designed to be installed onto individual computers. If you have a 50-user licence (or larger) you can install them on each separate workstation.

There are two main elements of the resource:

Filmsense | The Guide to Film Language

This is an interactive presentation. It will run straight from the DVD but users will get better performance if they copy it onto the hard drive on individual computers. It may work over a network but hasn’t been designed for that.

The Editable Films

These are full quality video clips in the same format as would come out of a DV camera. They are designed to be used within standard video editing software. They must be installed on individual system drives, or hard drives directly connected to individual computers. Trying to edit video files held on a central server won’t work. They don’t all have to be installed at once: teachers can load the individual films onto their computers as and when they need them and remove them afterwards.


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On a deserted beach a boy gets a text.

A girl in black approaches from behind. Is she a ghost, a lover or a killer?

It’s up to you: choose from over 50 shots with different action, framing, focal length, camera position and movement, then create a soundtrack.

Edit it on your own or follow a step-by-step guide.



This sequence from the S4C youth drama ‘Rownd a Rownd’ shows a taxi swerving to avoid a sheep in the road and turning over. The action has been filmed from two camera positions outside the car and from positions inside the car.



In an empty building, a boy climbs stairs towards a darkened room. What’s waiting for him?



A girl runs to a lift, waits anxiously until she gets to the top floor, and runs to a locked door.

Lift and Stairs can be used together for a parallel editing or flashback sequence. They can also be combined with the static cutaways of the building below.


By having a range of shots and narratives, students can quickly experiment with editing skills before they start their own work.

This is an invaluable opportunity as all the hard work is done for you. You can use either PCs (MovieMaker, Premiere or Pinnacle) or Mac (iMovie or Final Cut) software to edit it. Please note that the Editsense clips are in 4:3 aspect ratio, which is no longer supported in iMovie 10 (released October 2013). The clips can still be used but will be automatically cropped to fit 16:9 widescreen.

What is Filmsense?

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Filmsense – included on the Editsense DVD-ROM – is an introduction to film language for teenagers and young adults. It includes over 50 video clips, 24 still clips, and clear explanations of the basic elements of film language. It’s particularly relevant to students who will be making films as part of Media Studies, Film Studies or Moving Image Arts coursework.

What does it cover?

  • mise-en-scène: setting, costume, gesture, light and colour
  • camera: framing, angle, lens, movement, cutaways, inserts, reaction shots
  • continuity: shot-reverse shot, looking space, eyeline match, the 180 degree rule
  • time: scene time, stretch time, compressed time, ellipsis, parallel editing, flashbacks
  • editing: sequencing, selecting action, editing on the action, jump cuts, split edits/sound bridges, montage, pace
  • sound: diegetic, music, voiceover, editing to music

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Filmsense runs in full-screen mode or a resizeable window on Mac or PC.

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To accompany this, there are printable guides - both small storyboard size and full frames. The videos are dialogue free so students of all languages are able to access it.

Edusites is so impressed with this product we are endorsing it.  |

We are also offering Editing training for teachers and students. If you are interested in either a half or full day of Editing (theory and / or practical), please email us. We know that editing can create headaches for teachers and students alike. We want to cut that out.

Where can I buy Editsense?

You can buy it from us. Edusites are now selling Editsense.

Contact us by email, fax or phone to request an invoice and order your copy and licence.

Telephone: 01604 847689
Fax: 01604 843220


  • System requirements - Films are in standard definition DV PAL format, 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Hard disc space: 4.11 GB to install everything, 3.43Gb to install all the practice films. They can be installed individually.
  • A site licence costs £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the original price of £99.00+VAT