Aesthetics of Editing

What You'll Learn

If you're wondering what footage to leave in and what to cut, think beyond the keyboard shortcut and explore the artistic side of video editing! Professional editing is more than just software skills - make more efficient editing choices and you'll have a better video.

This workshop examines documentary editing, cutting interviews and supporting those interviews with B-roll. We'll work through multiple examples together, building a sense of how editing directly impacts the story you tell.

This workshop will cover:

  • Isolating good sound bites and selects from longer interviews
  • Organizing interviews to best tell your story
  • Trimming out pauses and flubs
  • Rearranging interviews within your sequence
  • Smoothing out tough edits
  • Cutting in B-roll to support your story
  • Pacing your story

Instruction is presented in Final Cut Studio 3 with Final Cut Pro 7, but the focus of the workshop is artistic rather than technical.

Who Should Take This

Video editors and filmmakers who want a better understanding of how artistic choices affect video. You will get the most out of this workshop if you already know a non-linear editing program like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $69.00

Non-Members: $89.00

Available Dates

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Gave many helpful tips & shortcuts I haven't used before. He was very informative & knowledgeable.Mary Ann
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Comments For: Aesthetics of Editing

Ethan is a great instructor! He's passionate about the subject and keeps you interested. I truly feel like I'm ready to make a compelling video now. Before the class, I just knew the technical side of editing.Linley on 4/8/2015
The instructor was very knowledgable and eager to help everyone learn.Steve on 11/18/2013
I enjoyed this workshop as it addressed not only tools/software but also the theory behind why certain cuts work better than others. Great instructor. I want more!Erica on 11/18/2013
Instructor offered great insight and helped us digest the content. BDA - They're the best.Jackson on 11/18/2013
A good emphasis on story. [Ethan] was friendly and brought out people and encouraged discussion.Ray on 4/4/2013
Excellent perspective on storytelling and analysis of editing techniques. [Ethan had a] very friendly personality and demeanor. He engaged the audience in a constructive way, asking their opinions, rather than telling us how editing should be done from only his point of view.Craig on 4/4/2013
Good examples of editing techniques. [The instructor was] enthusiastic and knowledgeable.Joseph on 7/26/2012
[The instructor] was very knowledgeable and interesting to see his personal work and how he approached different projects.Barb on 7/26/2012
Good setup, good examples of editing techniques. [Instructor was] enthusiastic and knowledgeable.Joseph on 7/26/2012
This workshop expanded my knowledge of the benefits of B-Roll.Sam on 4/4/2012
Gave many helpful tips & shortcuts I haven't used before. He was very informative & knowledgeable.Mary Ann on 7/26/2011
I will certainly use the shortcuts and it helped me see how story is crafted.Megan on 3/31/2009
I thought this was a great workshop...very informative and dynamic, with lots of pertinant illustrations.Prema on 7/18/2006
I enjoyed the class. Interesting topic and good use of film to illustrate key points. Can't wait to take more classes.Sandi on 7/18/2006
Good speaker. Well organized. Great examples illustrated concepts with film clips. Would highly recommend.Marianne on 7/18/2006


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