Guided by accomplished film & TV series editor Luis Zerón (HBO, Netflix), learn how to create tension and deliver thrills to an audience.

Jun 29, 2024 - Jun 29, 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 29 from 10am-1pm ET.

From “Psycho” Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

What, when, and how to give information is one of the most important aspects of storytelling in the Suspense/Thriller genre.  Learn how to build tension and emotion using visual and sound elements to create powerful moments.

In this three hour session we will analyze the characteristics of Suspense/Thriller as a genre and review examples of representative scenes. The instructor will share his methodology to build these scenes in the editing room and give examples from his own work.

Students will leave with an understanding of the unique challenges of how to create powerful scenes that captivate and emotionally engage viewers. The class will end with a Q & A session where the students will have the opportunity to discuss the dynamics of cutting for this genre.

What we’ll cover

  1. Characteristics of the Suspense/Thriller genre
  2. Review representative scenes of the genre in films and series, including examples from the instructor’s own work.
  3. Editing Suspense/Thriller:
    • What to tell? When to tell it? How to tell it?
    • What does the audience need to know?
    • The essential tools of sound and music
    • The instructor’s approach in the editing room
  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.