Guided by an accomplished editor (HBO, Netflix) become a more complete editor by learning how to cut for different genres

NOTE: This course will be held in a live, online format.
Classes meet Thursday Nights 7-10pm ET for four sessions

Dates: August 12th | September 2nd | September 23rd | October 14th, 2021
Tuition: $275 (all four sessions)
Levels: All

Stage and Screen, Personalities, pic: circa 1961, American film actress Janet Leigh in a scene from the film “Psycho” from Alfred Hitchcock (Photo by Haynes Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

In this series of four classes, learn how to navigate the unique challenges an editor confronts in cutting for different genres. Join Luis Zerón, an accomplished editor for television and film, whose credits include popular shows for HBO and Netflix, as you explore how to effectively cut drama, action, suspense/thriller, and montage sequences.

In these three hour sessions you’ll learn how to become a well-rounded editor capable of working on different kinds of projects. Through lecture, discussion, and examination of scenes, you’ll explore how to build emotion through dialogue, create spectacular moments through action, use images and sound to connect with the audience, and how to build tension and suspense. No matter the genre or format you’ll understand what it takes to work effectively in the film and series industry.

These classes can be taken individually or as a series.

1-Day: Cutting Drama (ONLINE)

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7-10pm ET
In this three hour session, learn how to create dramatic tension through dialogue scenes. Participants will examine how to build emotion and get the best out of actors and story.

1-Day: Cutting Action (ONLINE)

Thursday, September 2, 7-10pm ET
Cutting an action scene requires an editor to balance 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.

1-Day: Cutting Montage Sequences (ONLINE)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 7-10pm ET
Montage sequences are essential to advancing story and character in any genre. Develop your creativity and storytelling skills to create powerful sequences using images and sound. Learn how to cut them with structure and organization.

1-Day: Cutting Suspense & Thrillers (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7-10pm ET
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.

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 series “Oscuro Deseo (Dark Desire)” which premiered in 2020.  He has also worked as Lead Editor and Editor on projects like “Yankee” (2019) produced by Netflix and Argos, “Ingobernable 2” (2018) produced by Netflix and Argos, “El Chapo” (2017, seasons 1 and 2) for Netflix and Story House, and “Sr. Ávila” (2016, seasons 2 and 3), an International Emmy® Award-winner produced by HBO and Lemon Films.
His feature film work includes “Restos” (2012), directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, “Puebla Sinfonía Inaudible” (2010), a feature documentary directed by Juan Manuel Barreda, and “The Marching Quixotes” (2016), a feature documentary directed by Florencia Davidzon.
Luis has edited commercials and corporate films for leading brands like Coors Light, Nintendo, JW Marriot, and Tecate, as well as music videos for artists like the popular Mexican group Moenia. 
He has also worked in the editorial department of series and films including “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” (2009) directed by Isabel Coixet, an official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival, “Sobre Ella” (2013) directed by Mauricio T Valle, “Volando Bajo” (2013) directed by Beto Gómez, “After Darkness” (2018) directed by Batan Silva, and “La Sagrada Familia” (2009) a series produced by Mediapro Barcelona and TV3 Catalunya. 
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, in Mexico. He also teaches editing at Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City.


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

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