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Introduction to Editing – 3 Day Course (Dates Updated)

13th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 20th November 2018 @ 9:30 pm


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Learn film editing…by editing a scene!

This three-night course will introduce students to the basics of postproduction through a combination of theory and hands-on practice.

Designed for beginners with no editing experience, this class will give students the confidence to edit their own films with style and creativity.

On the first night of the class students will be given footage of a dialogue scene between two characters, shot from multiple angles. This footage will be simple and designed to be easily edited on software such as iMovie that anyone can access.

After two evenings of lecture covering the fundamentals of editing, students will be given the weekend to edit this scene at home as homework, using what they have learned. Thegroup will then reconvene on the third day to review different versions of the scene, discuss what works and what doesn’t, and share ideas for improvement.

Part One: Basics of Editing

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

A discussion of the basic techniques of editing, including:

  • Pacing
  • Relationships between shots, and
  • Emotion through cutting.

Footage will be given to students for practice.

Part Two: Advanced Editing

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

A lecture about additional techniques of editing including

  • Music
  • Sound design
  • Special stylistic touches.

Students will be given the weekend to edit their scenes on their own over the weekend at home using this knowledge.

Part Three: Discussion

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Students will share their scenes with the class, followed by group discussion covering:

  • What worked?
  • What didn’t?
  • What mistakes and surprising discoveries were made?

A final discussion of the practice and power of editing.


13th November 2018 @ 7:00 pm
20th November 2018 @ 9:30 pm
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ELFS Japan Studio
2-9-14 Suido
Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0005 Japan