Editing: The Practical Art

Class Description

Walter Murch, who edited Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, has written about the importance of the cut: a blink, he calls it, meaning a parallel to thinking. Editing, among other things, is another way to write a film, a form of music-making, and surgery. In this course, students will learn the rudiments of editing on Adobe Premiere Pro. This course will examine one of the two dominant non-linear editing systems in North America.  Exploring the editing process through in-class work and exercises will immerse students in the process of writing, thinking, music, and surgery that are all needed to make film stories. This class will explore the following:

  • basics of importing files and scene assembly
  • separating sound and image
  • adding wild or ambient sound
  • adding effects and transitions
  • fixing background noise and voiceovers
  • correcting color
  • exporting video files so that students can show their work to friends, upload it to YouTube, or submit it to film festivals.

Back to class safely – While we do hope to continue our in-person learning, please note that this learning experience may need to evolve to an online or hybrid learning platform based on the safety regulations and recommendations by the city and state.

Program Continuing Education


Registration is currently open!

  • Winter: January 26th to March 2nd
    • Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Spring: March 23rd to May 11th
    • Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Ages 18+

Discipline Film

Price $600 for 6 sessions, now offering 25% off course price!

Dress Requirements

There are no dress requirements for this course.

Location: Main Cornish Campus, 1000 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121

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