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The power behind a performance isn’t limited to an actor’s work on camera, but how the editor cuts the performance in the editing room.  The pace at which you edit a scene, whom you choose to show on screen, the degree of overlap of dialogue, and a narrative understanding of the scene are tools that help you mold the scene into a visually arresting moment with just the right emotional intent.
In this module you will learn the correct and incorrect ways of shooting dialogue on set, advanced techniques for manipulating the pacing and emotional intensity of the scene, how to work with changing background ambience, techniques for balancing the visual performance with the dialogue, how to mix the audio, ultimately how to get the best performance through the edit.
Learn the techniques to direct the scene after it was shot and improve the performances in the editing room.


  • 34:27 video that teaches you how to properly shoot and edit a dialogue scene
  • Complete companion guide
  • Guide on time management as an editor
  • A complete walkthough of how a dialogue scene is edited


  • The incorrect way and the correct way to shoot a dialogue scene
  • How to properly edit a scene between two people
  • How to mix the audio between two actors
  • How to create L-type and J-type edits
"This would be an excellent way to support a production course — and it gives students a way to easily review basic concepts."
   - Richie Sherman,
     Pennsylvania State University