Immerse yourself in the art and technique of sculpting image and sound for maximum emotional impact in this dynamic intensive

Dates:  TBD
Levels:  All
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.  

Students may elect to take only the 4 theory-based classes happening during the latter half of the intensive, or they may choose to expand the intensive to the full 8 weeks, that include a series of valuable software-based workshops covering workflow, non-linear editing, motion graphics and color grading.


The Courses:

The Art of Editing

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

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. Led by an accomplished sound designer, 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.

Film Editing Master Class

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 one of today's most successful and knowledgeable film editors. 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 their professional career path.

Students Looking for foundational technical training in post-production are invited to Expand this intensive by adding 4 Valuable, software-based classes that precede the Theory-Based Portion of this track:

Digital Workflow

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 set up a project, and keep media, assets, and project files organized throughout the post-production process. Students examine various types of footage 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. Students will finish the week fully ready to start working with footage in Adobe Premiere, and with a strong foundational understanding of the processes that go into a post-production workflow.

Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere has become the preferred Non-Linear Editing Software for much of the Film and Video industry. 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.

Adobe After Effects (3rd Week Elective Option)

A knowledge of basic Motion Graphics and Animation is desired by most production companies and employers when seeking candidates for post production positions, including editors. 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.

DaVinci Resolve (3rd Week Elective Option)

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 provided students with a strong foundation in DaVinci Resolve, the standard software for professional colorists across the industry. (Resolve also has increasingly powerful tools in non-linear editing and effects, and offers ). 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 (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: 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.

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 intro course, we will move further into secondary corrections, node structures and color schemes, and explore the powerful advanced tools within DaVinci Resolve 15. In addition to color tools, we will cover editing, sound mixing, and creating effects in Resolve, and explore it's abilities as an all-in-one platform.

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.

Image Credit: Devin Altobello, Header Image:  Jasmine Quinones

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