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F22 Editing Your Documentary: Practical.


Course Information

Open City.

Course hours: 11am - 5pm

A craft editing course to begin and to progress to a rough cut stage for your documentary.

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Course Dates

1st April 2017 – 22nd April 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Bonnie Rae Brickman
Course Description

Do you have a documentary short film in production?  Will you have finished shooting and acquiring your footage before the start of this course? Over three Saturdays, this course will take you from setting up and organizing, to rough cut and beyond.


Day 1:  How to begin

Including how to organize your hard drive, your project and your footage, how to approach the edit, what to consider at each stage of your edit how to create an engaging narrative and begin to structure your story.


Day 2:  Find your story

The day will begin by screening fifteen minutes of rushes followed by a discussion on who are the characters and what is the story from a small amount of footage? Supervised editing including individual one-to-one edit tutorial sessions with Bonnie Rae Brickman.


Day 3:  Rough Cut Review

Screening of your works-in-progress, with feedback, notes, and discussion from the group, Bonnie, and one other industry professional/independent documentary filmmaker.


Who is this course for?

This course is for any filmmaker (director/producers, self-shooting directors, editors) who’s completed their shoot and just beginning or at the very early stages of their documentary edit.


Note: For this course you should have some edit experience and a familiarity with the basics of Premiere and you will also need to provide a hard-drive. 


Course Tutor

Bonnie Rae Brickman is a New York born, London based Film + TV Editor with over twenty-five years’ experience, accumulating a diverse and extensive list of credits including Julie Andrews’ Opening Night on Broadway, American Playhouse, and Shining Time Station.


She has been honoured with four New York Area Emmy Award Certificates during her ten years at WNET/thirteen, Highly Commended at Underwire's In The Cut: Best Editor Award 2015 for BOOTWMN, and shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award 2016.  Her work has screened on US, UK and Australian television and at film festivals worldwide including Clermont-Ferrand, HotDocs, Open City Doc Fest, London Short Film Festival, SF Frameline, LA Outfest, Athens International Film+Video Festival, BFI Flare and Fringe! Film Fest.

Along side her editing work, she has taught editing and post-production at SUNY/Oswego and currently teaches editing on the Ethnographic & Documentary Film MA programme at University College London.


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