Immerse yourself in the art and technique of sculpting image and sound for maximum emotional impact in this dynamic intensive
Class Size: 12 (Max)
This intensive takes you deep into the aesthetics, tools, and workflow of editing and post-
production. You’ll explore the full process, from cutting to sound design, and finish the cycle with
a master’s perspective in a Film Editing Master Class. Your instructors include award-winning
professionals who work at the highest levels of film and television.
Students may elect to take this as a four or eight week intensive. The theory-based four week track includes The Art of Editing, Audio Post-Production, Creative Sound Design for Film and TV, and the Film Editing Master Class. The full eight week option starts with a series of valuable, technical-based workshops covering workflow, non-linear editing, motion graphics and color grading, allowing you to become fluent in each of the industry standard softwares.
Students leave the intensive with the skills and knowledge to begin working in the field.
2020 Course Flow:
Adobe Premiere | Alex Burnett
The full 8-Week Intensive begins with an overview of one of the industry's most popular editing platforms. Adobe’s Premiere has become the preferred software choice for many editors. This course will give students a robust introductory understanding of Premiere and its interface. Students will learn window layout and customization, folder structure, sequence creation, keyboard shortcuts, 3-point editing, trimming tools, and navigation within a project. The course will also cover building and fine tuning a rough cut, working with audio and effects, creating titles and graphics, the basics of color correction, and exporting and sharing your projects. Throughout the week students practice their new skills, editing short scenes.
Adobe After Effects | John Dorlean
A knowledge of basic Motion Graphics and Animation is desired by most production companies and employers when seeking candidates for editor positions. Adobe After Effects continues to be the industry standard software for compositing and motion graphics. In this course, students gain understanding of visual effects features such as keying and compositing, layers, blending modes, masks and alpha channels. Core animation concepts such as key frames and parenting are covered in-depth, as well as kinetic typography. Hands-on time allows for students to create their own animations.
With the rapidly evolving technology in today's cinema cameras and digital imaging, editors with a strong understanding of color correction and color grading will stand out in the crowd. This workshop provides students with a strong foundation in DaVinci Resolve, the standard software for professional colorists across the industry. (Resolve is also developing increasingly powerful tools in non-linear editing and effects). Utilizing a workshop atmosphere in combination with lectures, demonstrations and projects, students will take their first steps toward a technical understanding of the art and craft of color correction and grading as used in professional filmmaking.
Avid Media Composer | Mark Chesak (4th Week Elective Option)
For decades Avid Media Composer has been the dominant Non-Linear Editing software found in high level film & television production. It is an essential part of the professional film editor's toolkit. Students will be introduced to the core skills, workflows, and concepts of Avid Media Composer: Learn to prepare and organize your footage; delve into editing techniques in the realms of both audio and video; and develop an understanding for managing projects, media, and outputs. A basic understanding of AVID’s essentials will be helpful to those taking the Editing & Post-Production Intensive. AVID Media Composer is the editing software most commonly used by the professional editors teaching in the second half of the Intensive. A knowledge of Avid is crucial for those looking to edit in the film and television industry.
Advanced DaVinci Resolve (4th Week Elective Option)
The world of color correction and grading is vast, and the capabilities of DaVinci Resolve to control and manipulate an image are robust. In this follow-up to Week 3's optional elective, we will move further into secondary corrections, node structures and color schemes, and explore the powerful advanced tools within the latest version of DaVinci Resolve.
The Art of Editing | Bill Pankow, ACE
This course will serve as the introduction to the intensive for students electing the 4-Week Theory-based option. Through screenings, theory discussions, and analysis of films, led by an accomplished editor, students explore how pacing, shot selection, rhythm, and juxtaposition can be used to create emotional impact and advance a story. The workshop examines how good editors approach their footage, and what actually makes a cut effective. Over the course of the week, they’ll edit a series of different types of scenes, while considering their motivation for each cut. Rough edits will be critiqued and discussed in class daily. The combination of hands-on experience, and discussion of aesthetics help students develop a new perspective into the craft of editing.
Audio Post Production | Walter Clissen
This week the focus will be on the crucial and often overlooked element of Audio. This course will provide students with a strong foundation in technical audio theory. They'll practice Field Recording, Dialogue Editing, ADR, Foley recording, as well as Music Editing and Mixing, and ultimately learn the potential that sound has to be a driving force behind compelling visual stories.
Creative Sound Design for Film and TV
Following Audio Post Production's solid groundwork of the technical aspects of working with sound, students now get to focus on what the skills they've learned may achieve. The class will delve into the techniques and methodology of creating compelling soundtracks. More than anything this week is about exploring the creative dimensions of sound to heighten the impact of a film. You will create different soundscapes for scenes to examine how these choices change and intensify our perception of a moment. Instructors who have taught this course or expressed interest in teaching it include Richard Beggs (Apocalypse Now, Children of Men) and Craig Henighan (Stranger Things, Deadpool).
Film Editing Master Class | Sandra Adair, ACE
The culmination of the Intensive will be a Master Class in Editing. In this workshop, students develop sensitivity and skill in editing and shaping dramatic material. Explore the creative process of editing with the guidance and critique of a highly successful and knowledgeable film editor. Deepen your understanding of scene dynamics, timing and continuity, and the aesthetics of cinematic storytelling. Learn about an editor's relationship with the director and how each contributes to shaping the film in this crucial phase. Students will have the opportunity to discuss editing and post-production job opportunities in today's industry, and gain valuable insight from the instructor on their experiences and professional career path. Past faculty include Mark Goldblatt (Armageddon, The Terminator), Bill Pankow (The Untouchables, Treme)
This course is offered as an optional prerequisite to the 8-Week intensive, available to anyone seeking a crash course in the basics of understanding digital video, and how digital files are organized within computer operating systems. You'll gain a strong understanding of the technical theory and organizational workflow that is foundational to a successful editing process. The course covers how to properly keep media, assets, and project files organized throughout the post-production process. Students examine various types of footage from different cameras and with different resolutions, frame rates, and codecs, and explore the processes and possibilities of working with each. The course will discuss the purposes of the various post-production softwares, and how they work in conjunction with one another.
Please contact Registration for information on room & board fees for intensives at [email protected].
This intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.
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