LEARN THE ART
OF FILM EDITING WHILE WORKING ON A REAL MOVIE
At the heart of the
Edit Center curriculum is our six-week Art
of Editing Course, which brings together independent filmmakers
who need their movies edited and beginning editors who need the
chance to learn on a feature film. We truly believe that editing
cannot be learned from a seminar, book, lecture or exercise; cutting
a real film -- for a real director -- is the only way to immerse
yourself in the field and learn the skills you'll need to start
As a student at the Edit Center, you will:
WORK ON AWARD-WINNING FILMS
Edit Center students have worked on such films as: Winter's Bone (Oscar Nominee, Best Feature 2011), Hot Coffee (Sundance 2011, HBO), In Our Nature (South by Southwest 2012), A Matter of Taste (South by Southwest 2011), The Art of Getting By (picked up by Fox Searchlight) Frozen River (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2008), and Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and The Magnetic Fields (SXSW 2010), to name a few. Other Edit Center class projects have screened -- and won awards --
at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, South by Southwest, Full Frame,
and countless other international and regional film festivals.
(To see a list of all our past projects, click
here.) As a student at the Edit Center, you'll work
hand-in-hand with the director to help them achieve their vision,
and you'll receive a credit on the finished film.
LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE FROM PROFESSIONAL EDITORS
Our teachers are in the classroom all day, every day, working
one-on-one to help students sort through material, solve problems,
and learn the professional workflow of film editing. Our teachers'
credits include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Inside Job, No End In Sight, Winter's Bone, The Cove, Sicko, Murderball, Sleepwalk With Me, Greenberg, Margin Call, "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire," Welcome to The Dollhouse, Happiness, and countless other independent
films and television shows, and they are dedicated to sharing
their knowledge with the next generation of up-and-coming film
editors. (For a full list of our teachers and their credits, click
LEARN THE SOFTWARE USED BY EDITING PROFESSIONALS
Students in our six-week class learn to use Avid Media Composer,
the industry standard for feature film editing.
We spend the first week of class teaching the essentials of the software.
After that, each students spends four to five hours a day working on their own edit system,
with teachers available to answer questions at any time.
We think of it as an immersion course in editing. By the end, Avid is like a second language.
BUILD A CAREER NETWORK THAT LASTS FAR LONGER THAN SIX WEEKS
After the class, each student leaves with a credit on their class
project -- a real-world credential that helps build your editing
resume -- and an editor's reel of cut scenes to show the work
you've done during the course. But beyond that, you'll leave with
a network of connections in the independent film world.
Edit Center alumni edited Inside Job
(Oscar Winner 2011), How to Survive a Plague (Oscar Nominee 2013), The House I Live In (Grand Jury Prize 2012 Sundance Film Festival), Palindromes
(Venice, Toronto, New York 2004), Control Room
(Sundance 2004; Jury Award, Full Frame 2004), "Stella"
(Comedy Central), and more. Our students have also worked in post-production
on Slumdog Millionaire, The Messenger, Little Miss Sunshine, Half
Nelson, Murderball, and
Match Point, among others, and all
of them cite the bonds they formed during their six weeks at the
Edit Center as crucial in jump-starting their editing careers.
(See what our students have
to say about their time at the Edit Center.)
DON'T HAVE SIX WEEKS TO SPARE?
As an Apple and Avid-certified training center, we also offer weekend
and one-week Final Cut Pro and Avid classes. All classes are taught by working
professionals on top-of-the-line editing systems.
Grand Jury Prize
Grand Jury Prize
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