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

Aug 22, 2022 - Aug 26, 2022

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1495
Class Size: 10

SOLD OUT!! Email [email protected] to be placed on a waitlist.


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 non-linear editing software (preferably Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere) is required.


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

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Instructor: Nelson Ryland

Nelson Ryland is an Emmy-winning film editor whose work has been seen on HBO, Showtime, PBS, Hulu, New York Times, Sundance Channel, and many international film festivals. Ryland's work has been nominated for WGA, GLAAD, SEJ, and AAAS Kavli awards. He is a Fulbright scholar and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently editing a documentary about immigration at Frontline slated to air this winter on PBS. He recently won a citation from the Overseas Press Club for his work on "The Fall of Kandahar" a documentary that aired on Vice TV and Showtime. He has worked on several feature films and narrative television projects, including the HBO series Oz. His first job in the industry was as assistant editor on the feature film Office Killer directed by Cindy Sherman.