ART OF FILM EDITING: SIX-WEEK COURSE
The six-week class is ideal for anyone who wants to gain in-depth
insight into the creative process of post-production. The course
is designed for aspiring editors, of course, but also directors,
producers, musicians, post-production supervisors, cinematographers,
and anyone else who wants an intensive, hands-on training in film
The first week of the class is dedicated to Final Cut Pro training
and instruction in the basic techniques of film editing. Students
work on two scenes one of which is from Tully
(2003 Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Best Feature & Best
Screenplay), alternating editing time with technical and aesthetic
After the first week, students begin working on their class project,
a full-length narrative film or feature documentary. Each student
is given a separate scene from the movie and has five hours a
day on their own top-of-the-line editing system to work on it.
The teachers move from station to station, consulting individually
with each student to help them tackle the technical and aesthetic
challenges of their scene. This personal attention from experienced
editors is the cornerstone of the Edit Center curriculum. Our
top-notch instructors are available all day, every day to address
their students' needs. Our teachers' credits include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Inside Job, Winter's Bone, The Cove, Sicko, Murderball, Sleepwalk With Me, Greenberg, Margin Call, "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire," Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness, plus many other films
and television shows, and the format of the class allows them
to spend each day working one on one with their students.
In addition to working with the teachers, each student also receives
feedback from the filmmakers on the project, and everyone works
together to assemble a rough cut of the film. Movies edited this
way at the Edit Center include Winter's Bone (Oscar Nominee, Sundance Grand Jury Prize), In Our Nature (South by Southwest 2012), Hot Coffee (Sundance 2011, HBO), A Matter of Taste (South by Southwest 2011, HBO), The Art of Getting By (Sundance 2011, Fox Searchlight), Frozen River (Grand Jury Prize, Sundance 2008), Great World of Sound (Sundance, South by Southwest 2007), Manhattan, Kansas (Audience Award, South by Southwest 2006), Room (Sundance, Cannes 2005), Home (Special
Jury Prize, Silverdocs 2005), Red Doors (Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca 2005), and Swimmers (Sundance 2005).
In week six, we will jump into Avid Media Composer. Students will cut scenes on Avid from past Edit Center class films such as Debra Granik's Academy Award Nominated Winter's Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Frozen River (Sundance Grand Jury Prize 2008), starring Melissa Leo, Bluebird (Tribeca 2013), starring John Slattery, and a wealth of other projects from the Edit Center archives.
Throughout the class time, there are also additional technical
lectures, screenings, field trips, and evening seminars with various
Visiting Artists. Though the students spend every day working
with the teachers of the class, the Visiting Artists program allows
each class to hear from other top New York editors as well. Past
Visiting Artists have included Jay Rabinowitz (The Tree of Life, I'm Not There., The Founatain, 8 Mile, Requiem for a Dream), Sarah Flack (Lost in Translation, The
Limey), Craig McKay (The Silence of
the Lambs), Andrew Weisblum (Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Darjeeling Limited), Alisa Lepselter (To Rome with Love, Midnight In Paris, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Match Point), Joe Klotz (Precious, Junebug), Zac Stuart-Pontier (Catfish, Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jim Lyons (Far From Heaven, The Virgin Suicides), and Tim Squyres (Syriana, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).
By the end of the class, each student has a credit on the class
project and a reel of edited scenes with which to start their
editing career. More importantly, every student has truly worked
as an editor. The goal of the six-week course is to place the
students in a real-world editing situation and provide a sample
of what the field has to offer. This experience is invaluable,
offering each student both a background in film editing and an
opportunity to test the waters of the independent film world.
By the time the class finishes, you'll know if editing is right
for you -- and you'll have the experience, reel, and connections
necessary to break in to the field.
The course fee is $5,200.
To learn more:
Read what students and filmmakers have
to say about our program
Check out our gallery of class photos
Watch scenes that six-week students edited
during their class
See a list of all our teachers and their