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Storytelling Through editing workshop

At its core, editing is learning how to make decisions that produce the most effective result for the appeal of the story. Your editing decisions entice the viewer to become captivated and stay engaged in the story as much as the cinematography does.

The Out of Order Tour teaches you how to assemble each moment in your films by integrating storytelling theory with specific, practical editing techniques. Designed for the beginner and intermediate filmmaker, this workshop shows you how to make decisions about where the pieces go instead of simply how to move them into place.

  • 9:00am -
    Introduction: Stories..what does this word REALLY mean? And why is it used in every single aspect of filmmaking. This we be an exploration of the basic human need for stories, and how that works to our advantage as filmmakers.
  • 9:30am -
    Conflict/Act Structure/plot structure, and why these elements are always present whether you notice it or not. Once you understand conflict and plot structure, you’ll be able to better analyze what editing styles are needed for the best viewing experience. 
  • 10:00am -
    DEMO Show Don’t Tell (with editing) this will be a combo of movie scene examples and live editing examples. (the live editing example will show how one shot can change the entire meaning of a moment or film. 
  • 10:30am -
  • 10:45am -
    DEMO Storytelling with expression/shot selection.With shot selection we control the audiences anticipation, perspective, and emotion. 
  • 11:15am -
    DEMO Non-Linear Storytelling. We will take two mediocre scenes and combine them into one great moment. We’ll then explore different ways to non-linear story tell. 
  • 12:00pm -
    We will discuss the difference between pacing a film, and the rhythm of a story, how they are different, and some training exercises to teach us how to interpret the proper rhythm to a story. 
  • 12:30pm -
  • 1:30pm -
    DEMO Montages. What are the different types? How and when do I use them? 
  • 2:00pm -
    DEMO  The conversation. How to cut one. (This is the foundation for all of editing.) The conversation will also build upon the concept of pacing and tech us to enhance our subjects performances. 
  • 3:00pm -
    This will be a discussion and demonstration of how to control time on the editing board. How do we speed up time? How do we slow down time? Once you understand how to draw a viewer into the story, it’s important to understand how to “disconnect” them at the right times.
  • 3:30pm -
    DEMO The Ball..what is it? and How do I keep it in the air? (many editors can get their viewers engaged, but how do you keep them engaged? 
  • 3:45pm -
  • 4:00pm -
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editing techniques seminar

The seminar begins with an intensive overview of the entire editing process. Students will learn how to organize and log footage while utilizing workflow techniques to create the narrative base. The art of cutting is explored in detail, covering L-cutting, cutting on the action, scene transitions and more.

Focusing on a circular editing process, you'll learn how to discover and enhance rhythm, pace and the tone of your film and also learn how to incorporate audio in your process and iron out that soundtrack. Then cover how to tweak and finish your film, reducing its length but increasing its impact. And lastly, you'll learn basic color correction and file compression for exporting numerous output formats.

  • 6:00pm -
    This will be an introduction on the editing process, and why the actual process of editing has a major effect on your final product. We also will explore a brief history on the evolution of editing and why that has an effect on the way we do things today. 
  • 6:30pm -
    Continuing to re-define the editing process, we will learn what a dump timeline is, and how to use one. Then we’ll take the dump timeline and transform it into a narrative base. The narrative base is the foundation for almost every film. 
  • 7:30pm -
    Ross’ bag of tricks The last 10 percent of changes to a film is what makes the difference between an average film and a great one. With this easy to understand techniques, you’ll have a clear vision on how to make every single frame count. (L- Cutting, Cutting on the Action, pacing, Rhythm of the film and story, 80% rule) 
  • 8:00pm -
    Audio editing.
  • 8:30pm -
    Finalizing your film. Color Correction and Color grading. Understand exporting and compression