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Working with an editor requires one very simple component – trust.  Trust that he can take your footage and assemble it in a way that makes the story better than the sum of its parts.  As a director, you’re exhausted from the shoot, anxious to see a cut of the film, nervous to see what works and doesn’t work, and unless you have the proper dialogue with the editor, the process could be a disaster.
In the module you will 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.
Learn how to work with one of the most influential people on your movie – the editor, and learn to do it right.


  • 20:23 video that walks you through how to work with an editor
  • Complete companion guide


  • The editor/director relationship
  • How to work with an editor to best serve the project
  • The power of objectivity and how to maintain it in the editing room
  • The role of the director in the editing room
  • Learning to trust the editor
  • Learning how to communicate with the editor to best convey your vision
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston