Documentary editors distill dozens - sometimes hundreds - of hours of raw footage into compelling, layered human stories. How do they achieve this alchemy? Discover the tools, techniques, and traits that today’s non-fiction storytellers need. This course will help students navigate the wilderness of raw footage, manage a solid workflow for media, understand and serve a director’s vision, and craft character arcs and scenes that feed an audience’s curiosity to learn more.
Students may come to class with raw footage from an edit-ready project or adopt a sample project to use. By the end of this course, students will have edited a demo video for a documentary-in-progress. The final session will involve a critique and feedback screening of students’ work in the Chicago Filmmakers theater.
Suggested prerequisite: Developing the Documentary
Instructor: Matt Lauterbach | Mondays, April 1 - May 13, 6:30 - 9:30 PM (*no class May 6)
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