Explore challenges of editing for documentary with the Emmy-nominated editor of several acclaimed films by Martin Scorsese
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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Sat/Sun 1-5pm ET
How do you begin to edit a coherent film that transports a viewer into the heart of an emotional journey? How do you find the cinematic value in the artifacts and the documents which have survived the past? Using scenes from several documentaries as a starting point, David Tedeschi will talk about how he faced these challenges and will also explore how other filmmakers were able to make beautiful relevant non-fiction films.
Among other things, the class will explore how to identify unexpected elements, personal mementos/diaries, historical archival material, and music. We will share insights on how to shape a story with these elements and finally how to bring it to a resonant finish.
Leave the class with new insight into the challenges of sculpting a powerful documentary.
NOTE: Students might incur modest expenses ($10-20) to stream films recommended by the instructor.
Instructor: David Tedeschi
David Tedeschi is an Emmy-nominated editor whose work encompasses both documentaries and fiction. He has edited several acclaimed feature documentaries and series directed by Martin Scorsese, including George Harrison: Living In The Material World (HBO) and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (PBS), each of which garnered him Emmy nominations, Shine A Light (featuring The Rolling Stones), The Blues: Feels Like Going Home, Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, the 2021 Netflix series Pretend It’s A City, and Public Speaking (the last two featuring Fran Liebowitz). He also co-directed (with Martin Scorsese) the HBO film The 50 Year Argument. In 2018, he edited American Dream/American Knightmare, a feature-length Showtime documentary about Suge Knight directed by Antoine Fuqua. Earlier in his career he edited the ground-breaking television series TV Nation and The Awful Truth, both for director Michael Moore. David’s other editing credits include Vinyl (pilot, HBO), The Shield (season one, FX), El silencio de Neto, The Osbournes (MTV), American High (pilot and series, Fox), My Friend Paul and four feature films for director Leon Ichaso: Piñero, El Cantante, Bitter Sugar, and Free of Eden. His producing credits include The 50 Year Argument, Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, and Pretend It’s A City.