Enter the creative process of a master editor.

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A film has three fundamental phases of creation: writing, production, and editing. The role of a successful film editor is often overlooked by the viewing public. When the editor does the job well, the audience enjoys a seamless storytelling experience from titles to credits.

This workshop is for experienced filmmakers, directors, editors, and producers who want to develop greater sensitivity and skill in editing and shaping dramatic material.  Explore the creative process of editing with the guidance and critique of a master film editor.  Deepen your understanding of scene dynamics, timing and continuity, and the aesthetics of cinematic storytelling.

Once the shooting is over, the editing room delivers revelations of every variety. Whatever the creative vision that has steered the project this far, the editor and director must now react to what has been shot and explore how to heighten what works and transcend what doesn’t.

Students work as part of a creative team while editing, re-editing and experimenting with selected scenes. Lectures cover editing room dynamics and techniques for heightening tension, performance, and pacing in both comedy and dramatic films. Learn about an editor’s relationship with the director and how each contributes to shaping the film in this crucial phase. By the end of the week, your vision of editing will be transformed.

Students are encouraged to bring an edited sequence, a film, a professional reel, or a rough cut of a current project. Everyone participates in the critiques of peer work. Depending on the schedule, participants will also likely be afforded the opportunity to collaborate with students in other filmmaking workshops happening on campus the same week (i.e. in Cinematography and Directing). Experience with a non-linear editing software (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid) is required.

Students will have the opportunity to discuss editing and post-production job opportunities in today’s industry, and get insight from the instructor on their experiences and professional career path.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of the 8 Week Editing and Post Production Intensive.

Image Credits:  Jen Hoffer, Devin Altobello

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Instructor: Sandra Adair, ACE

Sandra Adair is the Oscar-nominated editor of Boyhood and many other feature films and documentaries. She has edited all of director Richard Linklater’s films since 1993.In addition to Boyhood (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and received the American Cinema Editors Eddie award), her credits include The School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight, Last Flag Flying, Tumbledown, A Single Frame, Waking Life, Bernie, Everything Must Go, Fast Food Nation, Me and Orson Welles, A Scanner Darkly, The Newton Boys, SubUrbia, Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Next Generation, and Bad News Bears. She is currently editing Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 1/2. In addition to her editing credits, she was a co-producer on Boyhood and an associate producer on the documentaries Shepard & Dark, and Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach. She directed, edited and produced the 2017 feature-length documentary The Secret Life of Lance Letscher. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.).