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Editing the Documentary


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Tower 310

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday



Editing is essentially directing in post-production. Work with an experienced filmmaker to explore editing techniques and styles as they relate to documentary production. Students learn how a documentary editor works with image and audio (interview, ambient, voice over, sfx, music) to tell a story and communicate an idea. Students will explore documentary story structure, image/sound relationships, continuity and discontinuity, space, tone and rhythm and a range of traditional and non-traditional editing techniques. For non-editors, understanding editing is a great way to be better prepared for and to do a better job in production.

Prerequisite: Students must have basic skills in digital editing.




This class has ended.

Sabrina Zanella-Foresi has over 10 years’ experience as a feature-length documentary editor/producer, working in both verite and historical documentary forms, with a special emphasis on personal documentaries. Editing credits include the upcoming features, “Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads,” directed by Kevin Ferguson; “Just One Drop,” directed by Laurel Chiten; “Redux (working title),” directed by … Read more