Guided by accomplished film & TV series editor Luis Zerón (HBO, Netflix), learn how to maximize the energy and impact of action scenes.

Jun 15, 2024 - Jun 15, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $125
Workshop Duration: 3 hours on a Saturday (10am-1pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 15

Button - Take this workshop as part of our series Editing the Genre

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturday, Jun 15 from 10am-1pm ET.

Scene from “Léon the Professional” Directed by Luc Besson
From “Léon the Professional” Directed by Luc Besson

Cutting an action scene requires an editor to balance the story, clarity, and energy. In this three-hour session, you will explore a methodology to address action scenes in the cutting room. Examine the characteristics of action as a genre and review examples of scenes edited by the instructor and other representative scenes of the genre.

Students will leave with an understanding of the unique challenges of editing an action scene or sequence and the role that tempo plays in it. Learn a proven methodology to address these challenges in the cutting room. The class will end with a Q & A session where the students will have the opportunity to discuss concepts and ideas related to the genre.

What we’ll cover:

  1. Characteristics of action scenes
  2. Review representative scenes of the genre in films and series, including scenes cut by the instructor.
  3. Editing an action scene:
    • Identifying the actions and listing them
    • Creating the actions map
    • The instructor’s approach in the cutting room
    • Sound design
  4. Q&A

Testimonials from previous students:

“The course helped me see the work of an editor in a global way and, at the same time, the importance of keeping an eye on every detail in the construction of a scene.” – Tiago Roberto Gil from São Paulo, Brasil.

“A great value! This is truly a course where you have the feeling that you’ve learned and advanced in your knowledge as an editor.” – Juanjo Onofre from Barcelona, Spain

This workshop is part of a series:

Editing For Genre: A Film Editing Workshop Series (Online):

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Instructor: Luis Zerón

Luis Zerón has edited series for Netflix and HBO, feature films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. Based in Mexico City, he is a member of the AMAE (Spanish association of editors).

Most recently, Luis was Lead Editor for the Netflix global hit series "Triada" which premiered in 2023. He has also worked as Lead Editor and Editor on series like "Dark Desire" (2020-2022, Netflix), "Yankee" (2019, Netflix), "Ingobernable" (2018, Netflix), "El Chapo" (2017, Netflix), and "Sr. Ávila" (2016, HBO), an International Emmy Award-winner. He also recently worked on the feature documentary "Out of Reach: The Struggle of the American Dream" (Socially Distant Productions), which is currently in post-production.

He has a Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts from Maine Media College, a Masters degree in Film Editing from ESCAC Barcelona, and a BA in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. He teaches editing workshops at Maine Media Workshops + College.