Advanced video editing

Course Dates: 02/06/21 - 07/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.
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Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00

Course Code: VG259

Wed, eve, 02 Jun - 07 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This course is more of a practical workshop than a tightly-structured class. As students will already be familiar with editing software (Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie), it focuses more on structure and creation of content through editing. We will learn to deal with commonly encountered problems - both technical and conceptual - that crop up in every editing process, and you will learn to advance your own work through analysing other people’s projects, formulating critical responses and assessing your own footage accordingly.

What will we cover?

- How to look at films and work in progress
- What are the questions to ask?
- Responding to other people’s work – formulating constructive criticism
- Identifying common editing conventions, such as cross-cutting, POV construction etc
- Identifying an aspect of your work that may benefit from change
- Trying out different ways to improve your own work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- ask a set of questions that could help in identifying the focus of your work
- formulate a critical response to other people’s work
- identify commonly used editing conventions, such as cross-cutting, POV construction etc
- identify one solution that may improve or focus your work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

It is necessary to have completed at least a beginner’s level editing class in Final Cut Pro X and/or Adobe Premiere Pro, and have a good working knowledge of the fundamentals of editing. You will need to have your own project that you want to develop and have critiqued, and you will need to work on this between classes. Access to a computer and editing software outside of class is essential. You must be motivated and committed to your own work.

You need be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Each week there will be a demonstration of a particular aspect of Premiere. This is then followed by an exercise, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to have access to editing software. If you do not have your own software City Lit can provide a temporary license for Premiere Pro CC as part of the Adobe CC suite (we do not provide Final Cut Pro X) that will last for the duration of this course. If you require a license please contact us at least a week before your course starts at to arrange this. You cannot do the course if you do not have the software installed on your computer.
You will receive an email at least 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be
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We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will
need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.

You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.

You will need to have access to video editing sofware.

If you need access to Adobe, City Lit can provide a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require more information please contact us on

Please check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software. Please visit this link to check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software:

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in VG228 City Lit film forum, VG546 Try it out: green screen filming and composition, VG471 DSLR for video: shoot and edit

City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.

Lily Markiewicz Tutor Website

Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.