Documentary Editing

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
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The editor plays a very important role in the creation of a documentary. Learn how to wield that power wisely in this intensive course with industry professional Andy Bely. Topics covered include how to organize your footage so you won’t be intimidated by the sheer amount of it, how to build your story, focusing and structuring your story line, learning how to use the tools of editing for psychological effects, shaping the visual and rhythmic flow of the film, and balancing verbal and visual content.


This is not an introductory level class, participants should understand Final Cut Pro basics. Introduction to Final Cut Pro is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Please note LIFT Final Cut Pro based classes run on Final Cut Pro 6, not Final Cut Pro X. Each participant works at an individual iMac station. Students should be familiar with the Mac interface. Students are encouraged to bring in their own projects.



Andy Bely has been working professionally for over 14 years on films in Canada and abroad, and has settled into the field of documentary editing. Fluent in several editing programs, and with experience editing dramatic features and music videos, he enjoys most the particularly difficult challenge of editing documentaries.