Recession Special Series : Art of Documentary Editing

This five-day hands-on workshop explores all aspects of documentary editing - from the aesthetic background and creative decision-making that make a good story great, to road-tested workflow methods for picture and sound that every editor should know.

During the week, we'll screen and deconstruct clips from a wide range of non-fiction genres, from the earliest experiments of Thomas Edison to the cutting-edge documentaries of today.

In addition, we'll cut a number of exercises using real footage from real docs - looking at how editing can affect character and story, and create or alter realty. Each day ends with a screening and critique of each other's work.

You'll learn proven methods of media management for long-form projects, effective approaches to structure and storytelling, and basic principles of sound design geared towards cleaning up an edit for festivals and broadcast.

We'll also invite guest documentary filmmakers and editors to round out your training experience with real-world advice from the field.

Students may edit in either Avid or Final Cut Pro, but a working knowledge of editing is expected. NOTE: This is not a course in how to edit on Final Cut Pro or Avid, however students may enroll in a certified Avid or FCP class prior to the Art of Documentary class and receive a 10% discount on both classes.

Anyone with FCP/Avid experience interested in learning editing techniques specific to documentary and reality television.

Monday thru Friday
Date: March 30- April 3, 2009
Hours: 10am to 5pm

Cost: $1195
Partner organizations: $995
Six Week Alums: $895
Each student works on their own system
12 seat maximum

Register here or call 212-414-9570