Editing Course


FilmSkills Editing Course
  • 3-month course
  • 13-lessons
  • 4 hours, 35 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


With a Thousand Combinations, Find the Right One.
To use the long shot, or the close up - that is the question. A film can be made or broken in the editing room, and whereas understanding the software and hardware is important, the art and psychology of editing is the true secret to moving the hearts and minds of the audience.
In the FilmSkills Editing Course, Emmy-winning television and film editors take you inside the process and psychology of film editing.  Learn how to properly shoot your footage on set to maximize your options in the editing room, when to cut from one shot to the next, how to choose your shot selection, how to work with the editor, and how to create the most emotion in each scene. We will take you step-by step through the editing process itself from developing a workflow and managing your data through the assembly cut, rough cut, fine cut, online process, and color grading. Learn how to conduct test screenings, manage feedback from producers, and deliver a final product that meets both technical demands as well as the director’s vision.
Find the heart, soul, and rhythm of your movie in the editing room in the FilmSkills Editing Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Editing Course process.

Hiring an Editor

In this module, you will learn how to find a qualified editor, how to assess an editor’s demo reel, tips for ensuring his vision and communication style match yours, and how to ultimately get the best person for the job.

Working with an Editor
Learn techniques for communicating your vision to the editor, the editor’s workflow, and what you can do to get the best results possible in the editing room.
Concepts of Editing

Learn when to cut, how to determine whether you should cut or not, the hierarchy of story-telling importance when editing, what to show or not show, and how to use psychology to craft a scene the invokes powerful emotions – all through how it is edited.

Data Management and Workflow

Learn how to develop a system for organizing the footage from set to post, how to develop a workflow that keeps the process smooth and conflict-free, how to conduct post-production meetings, the role of the post-production supervisor, standard techniques for labeling and managing footage, and data handling techniques.

The Assembly Cut

Learn how to approach the assembly cut, how to manage music and sound effects, what should or shouldn’t be included, and how to address issues of pacing, story, and character development.

Stock Footage
Learn how to use stock footage, how to understand a licensing agreement, where to find stock footage, how to manage the technical requirements, and what your rights are when distributing your production.
Editing a Dialogue Scene

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.

Editing Action

Learn how to edit action for proper flow, continuity, and pacing.  Learn techniques for compressing time, revealing only the essentials to keep the story moving forward, and advanced editing techniques used by master editors.

The Rough Cut

Learn how to approach the rough cut, determine what moments work, how to re-structure the story, and ultimately create a movie that stands on its own- divorced from the script.

Test Screenings

Learn how to prepare for and conduct a test screening, how to choose the right test audience, what questions to ask after the test screening, and how to filter the responses into usable comments that can improve the story.

The Fine Cut
Learn techniques for perfecting every single frame of your movie before locking the picture edit, how you will know when the movie is done, the implications of locking the picture, and the process of prepping the film for audio.
Offline/Online Editing

Learn how and when to work in an offline environment, how to transition to an online cut, and techniques for ensuring the process goes smoothly.

Color Grading

Learn the color grading process, how it differs amongst formats, the balance between technical and artistic grading, how to protect yourself from the “fix-it-in-post” mentality, and how to get the look you want.


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Scott O'Connor

Visual Effects Compositor and novelist, "Half World"

Laura Beth Love

Cinematographer, "Zen and the Art of Senioritis", and "Little Magdeline"

David Stump, ASC

Academy Award and Emmy-winning cinematographer, "A Quantum of Solace", "Flight Plan", "Fantastic Four", and "X-Men"

Diana Friedberg, ACE

Award-winning Editor "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan", and "The Simple Life"

Lori Jane Coleman, ACE

Emmy-nominated Editor, "Fun with Dick and Jane", "Which Way Is Up?", and "Up in Smoke"

Larry Jordan

Award-winning post-production trainer and a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America

Barry Zetlin

Emmy-winning television and film editor, "The Bachelor", "Project Runway", "The Mole", "Basketball Wives" and "Starting Over"

John Coldiron

Two time Emmy-winning Editor and Colorist, "Project Runway", "Models of the Runway", and "The Prom"

Brad Schwartz

Editor, Emmy-winning "Top Chef"

Dennis Marrell

Script Supervisor, "Fred & Vinnie", "Diary of a Single Mom", and "Detention"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Phil Bates

President, Cinematographer of Artbeats

Peggy Nichols

Global Distribution Manager, Artbeats

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