Go beyond technology and software, and explore editing as an art form

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This workshop is for editors, directors, and other filmmakers who want to go beyond software and workflow, and discuss the nuances of what makes a cut motivated and compelling.

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, develop a process, and ultimately create a unique stylistic identity.  

Students may bring their own raw footage, and practice footage will be provided as well. Over the course of the week, they’ll work on building narrative scenes, while considering their motivation for each cut. Rough edits will be critiqued in class. The combination of hands-on experience, and discussion of editing aesthetics help students develop a new perspective into the craft of editing, and the possibilities for its implementation in visual storytelling.

Basic proficiency in a non-linear editing software (preferably Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere) is required. If your ambition is to edit feature films or TV shows, we recommend also taking AVID Media Composer or 2-Day AVID Media Composer, as that software remains the dominant industry standard in those worlds.


My experience exceeded all my expectations.  It was really great to work with & learn from a working professional from the film industry.”  Justin Hannah, Lexington, KY

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

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Instructor: Bill Pankow, ACE

BILL PANKOW, A.C.E. has edited ten films directed by Brian DePalma (including “The Untouchables,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Casualties of War,” “Body Double,” “Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Femme Fatale,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Snake Eyes,” and “Redacted”) and three for which he served as Associate Editor (“Scarface,” “Dressed to Kill,” and “Wise Guys”).  He is currently editing De Palma’s “ Domino” starring Carice van Houten and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”). He has worked with such noted filmmakers as Abel Ferrara, Robert Benton, Paul Schrader, Jean-Francois Richet, and acclaimed Hong Kong filmmakers Tsui Hark and  Ringo Lam. His television credits include HBO’s “Treme,” “ Tales from the Dark Side,” “Tribeca,” “The Equalizer,” and the HBO feature “Undefeated” for actor/director John Leguizamo.  He was the supervising editor on the Emmy Award winning HBO miniseries “The Corner,” for which he received an American Cinema Editors Eddie Award nomination. His most recent television project was the Nat Geo series “Mars.” He also edited the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Bill is an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Editing at New York University’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Académie des Arts et Techniques Du Cinema, American Cinema Editors and Motion Picture Editors Guild.