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.

May 27, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Aug 19, 2024 - Aug 23, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1295 (May 27-31) Or $1550 (Aug 19-23)
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 10

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 helps students develop a new perspective on the craft of editing, and the possibilities for its implementation in visual storytelling.

Basic proficiency in a non-linear editing software of the student’s choice (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve, or Avid Media Composer) 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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Daniel Mooney (Teaching May 27-31, 2024 - Register here)

Daniel Mooney is an editor and filmmaker whose credits includes feature films, series, and commercials for leading brands. His work has appeared theatrically and on streaming platforms such as Hulu, Starz, and HBO. Among his credits are several films for director Errol Morris, including Standard Operating Procedure, The Fog of War, and The True Strangeness of the Universe. He recently edited Blowing Money Fast, a new series for Starz. His other credits include the features Oil War (Impact), The Torch (IFC), Birth of a Movement (Independent Lens), and the forthcoming Puppy People (Hulu). He has also edited Sex Diaries (HBO/Vox Media), Generation Hustle (HBO Max/Jigsaw), Confessions of the Boston Strangler (ID Films), and Whitey Bulger: Making of a Monster (ID Films). He has edited commercial work for clients such as Bose, NFL, Citibank, the New England Patriots, United Airlines, ESPN, and Quaker Oats.

Nelson Ryland (Teaching Aug 19-23, 2024 - Register here)

Nelson Ryland is an Emmy-winning film editor whose work has been seen on HBO, Netflix, 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.