Workshop: Storytelling for the Edit

Workshop Friday 27 January 2017, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Standard £150
Freelance/Student £125
Members £100


This one-day workshop will inspire participants to think about storytelling from an editor’s perspective.

It is complementary to the Introduction to Editing with FCP X workshop that we run and it is recommended, though not essential, that participants attend this before hand.

This workshop is designed to help you confidently make decisions in order to create concise and powerful digital narrative.

How can you construct the most effective narrative from your raw material? What should you be concentrating on when building your story?

We will look at theoretical approaches and how to apply practical tips and tricks. We’ll also analyse scenes from documentaries, films and news pieces to illustrate effective and stale storytelling.

Topics covered:
• How does editing work?
• The “trick” of editing – misdirection. “The central secret of conjuring . . . is a manipulation of interest.” (Henry Hay, The Amateur Magicians Handbook, 1972, p. 2)
• A look at the history of film editing theory and techniques
• How the audience tells your story
• The good, the bad and the ugly edit
• Emotion
• Setting objectives / Reviewing your material / Organising your edit
• Reading body language
• The importance of instituting a rhythm
• Perceptual blindness
• Using sound to your advantage

About the trainer
Simon Ruben is an award winning freelance editor and video trainer with a decade of broadcast experience across a range of genres. He has designed and delivered popular courses for the Frontline Club since 2007 including Final Cut Pro, Compressor, DVDSP and Motion. He has also tailored courses for, Save The Children, Accenture, Medecins Sans Frontiers, LV, Soho Editors and the NUJ.

Image via Shutterstock / Killroy Productions