Edit Directing for Professionals with Forscene
The rise of the Edit Directing (formerly Edit Producing) has opened up a whole new seam of work opportunities for programme-makers. But to do it successfully also brings challenges to test the skillset of even the most experienced producers and directors.
Taught by award-winning exec producer, Chloe Solomon, and senior edit producer Jo Woolf, this highly practical 2-day course will give you the tools needed to step seamlessly and confidently into the edit on other people’s rushes. From the essential practicalities of managing your workflow, finding good sync, timetabling your viewings, compliance and preparing for the online, to identifying the programme’s DNA, building the narrative and managing the myriad, complex relationships within the production – including with your Exec and SP, and how to give notes to your PD or location directors.
This course will also train you in using Forscene, the world's leading cloud-based video post-production software.
Please register your interest here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: 2 days
Class Size: 8 maximum
Cost: £395 plus VAT
Forbidden’s award-winning flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. For over a decade, Forscene has been trusted by broadcast, sports and news professionals to ‘make the story’ – logging, editing, reviewing and publishing over 5 million hours of professional video content to date.
Who It's For?
Producers, directors, APs, PMs, and others looking to become - or become better - Edit Directors or involved in managing and working with Edit Directing. The course is also beneficial for those looking to improve their directing skills by acquiring a better understanding of how sequences, programmes and series are put together.
None. Although broadcast experience would be beneficial.
By the end of the course you will be confident in using Forscene, the award-winning post-production software, to log and manage your material more efficiently; have a clear methodology for working with other people's rushes - from first steps, working through the material, identifying strong characters, sync and stories; be better able to write good commentary; know how to add music, work with lawyers, commission graphics and run an online.
- The Role of the Edit Director - how it differs from editing your own rushes, why it's come about, what tools are at your disposal
- First Steps - identifying your programme's DNA; developing and delivering a collective vision for a first series - or updated series - when there's no template
- Managing material and the work-flow for different types of programme (rig shows, multi-camera, single camera)
- How to find good sync and good characters
- Using Forscene: how to use, and get the best from, Forscene, the leading video post-production software
- How to timetable and structure your time in the edit - including viewings
- Managing - and troubleshooting - relations with the rest of the production team - including Execs, SPs, PDs and location directors
- How to write comms, add music, ask for pickups (and direct them if necessary)
- How to deal with compliance issues, checking consent and dealing with lawyers
- How to commisison graphics, fact check
- Running an online
- How to network and write your CV to get work as an edit producer
Venue & Times
Location: DV Talent
6 Waterson Street
Times: 9.30-5.30 (please arrive 15 minutes early for induction on the first day)
Chloe Solomon is a freelance executive producer who has been making television programmes for fifteen years. She started out as an editor making documentaries before moving through directing to producing. As a PD she worked on a range of documentaries and factual programmes including the first series of Big Brother, early living history series, That'll Teach 'Em, WIfe Swap, Supernanny and Time Team. As executive producer at the BBC she looked after The Restaurant, Raymond Blanc's Kitchen Secrets and Junior Doctors.
Jo Woolf is a highly experienced senior edit producer with credits on Bafta nominated series like The Choir: Military Wives and The Great British Bakeoff. She specialises in obs doc style series where there is a large amount of footage and the story needs to be created in the edit.
Do I need to bring anything to the course?
It’s advisable to bring a pen and some notepaper. Otherwise, all you need is a receptive mind and your energy and enthusiasm.
Is lunch provided?
We keep you replenished with teas, coffee, biscuits and fruit. We don’t provide lunch – although there are a number of sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants close by, as well as a supermarket.
What if I have to cancel?
If you cancel more than 10 working days before the course date, you will get a full refund. If you cancel with less than 10 days' notice, or once the course has been confirmed, the full course fees are still due. We will however endeavour to get you onto to a future course as and when we have a spare space. Although this cannot be guaranteed and will usually involve you being offered the place at short notice, we have a great track record of making sure people get their training – even it takes a bit of time.
What others say about this course
"Very valuable having current industry professionals with clout and experience"
"Very useful, I wish I'd done this 2 years ago. A lot of practical information to digest and clearly structured between editorial, organisational and practical consideration for the edit"
"Very good and well put together"
"Very good. Great detail. Loved both practical and psychological elements. It's got me thinking about stories and characters in new ways"
- James Littmann, Director
"Focused, practical, relevant, allowed for debate and discussion"
- Susan Drummond, Producer/Director
"Very helpful and gave a good overview of how to approach the edit, which was exactly what I was looking for in the course"
- Imogen Willcocks, Producer/Director
"Very good. Very clear and practical. Really went into detail about the Edit Producer role and how best to do it”
- Tamsin Curry, Edit Producer
"Very good, hands on, run by skilled and competent people who actually do the job"
"Great - informative and lively. Learnt, process and organisation, managing relationships. Story arc and character is also great"
Jemma Wylie, Producer/Director. Edit Producer
"Excellent, well organised, clear communication, run by an experienced and talented team who have great authority on the subject. Wish I had done this 2 years ago!"
Rebecca McVeigh, Series Producer
"It was very good - and packed with very useful information. I liked that it had a practical approach, and I liked that it was very comprehensive"
Chiara Messineo, Producer
"Good, it felt good to have everything that I thought I know about edit producing confirmed"
Erica Williams, Series Producer
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