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EditClass is a package of video clips, guides and activities to help you learn or teach editing and filmmaking. Watch video
- Works with any editing program
- Two scenes, over 90 clips
- User guides for iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere
- Basic and intermediate activities
- Powerpoint introduction to continuity
“A brilliant resource.” Alasdair Satchel, Media Education Journal
“Highly recommended. Helps students understand how to film with the edit in mind.”
Kerrie Crescione, Film and Media Tech, UK
A new way to learn filmmaking
EditClass was specially created to teach film language and editing, with action and dialogue scenes. Learners can choose between different shot sizes, camera positions, lens and movement.
You can edit the whole movie or just one scene. The user guide shows how to adapt the resource, simplifying or extending the activities for different learners and contexts.
Works in any editing program
The clips are in standard 720p MP4 format. They’ve been tested in popular editing programs. The package includes step-by-step user guides for iMovie (Mac and iOS), Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro.
PDF support materials
PDF guides include an introduction to editing principles and workflow, basic activities, and intermediate tasks like cutaways, split editing, parallel editing and creating a soundtrack.
Includes PowerPoint guide
EditClass includes a 34-slide PowerPoint introduction to the continuity system. It covers match on action, the establishing shot, shot-reverse shot, the 180 and 30 degree rules, eyeline match, point of view shots, parallel editing and sound.
No complicated software licenses or installers. Just download the Zip file and open it. The file types included are MP4 video clips, PDFs, and a PowerPoint (.pptx) presentation
A single one-time payment allows you to use the EditClass clips on all devices at a single education site (eg a school or university department). You can even install them temporarily on students’ own devices when they’re working from home.
Why I made EditClass
When you start filmmaking, it’s hard to know how to film shots so they’ll look right together. You can waste a lot of time shooting clips that look OK on their own, but don’t make sense when you put them in sequence.
I used to teach filmmaking the traditional way. I’d start with some examples to introduce film language, then I’d teach the students how to use the camera. Next, I’d get them to storyboard, film and edit a short movie. But the results were often disappointing. The students’ video clips were poor quality and they didn’t make sense when they edited them into sequences.
So I tried another approach. Before students started making their own movies, I got them to edit a movie I’d filmed.
It made a dramatic difference to the quality of their filmmaking. They found it easier to plan shots that looked right together, and to edit them so the action seemed to flow. Concepts like ‘shot reverse shot’, the ‘180 degree rule’ and ‘matching on action’ suddenly made sense.
Hundreds of schools around the world bought my original package. Now I’ve created EditClass, an all-new version with more clips and detailed handouts and activities. It’s a complete short movie with over 90 clips of movement, action, dialogue and ‘B-roll’.
How it helps teach filmmaking
You can choose from shots filmed from different camera positions and with different lenses, framing and movement.
Explore continuity editing principles like shot reverse shot and the 180 degree rule.
Experiment with different ways of editing a dialogue scene.
Add inserts and B-roll.
Scene 1: action
A man sees a strange building and approaches it. He goes instead and finds a strange object. Something frightens him and he drops it and runs out. The basic version includes 30 video clips and two audio clips (ambience); the extended version includes an extra 30 video clips.
Scene 2: dialogue
The man enters a corridor. A girl approaches him holding out the object he dropped, insisting that he takes it. He goes to ask her what it is – but she’s disappeared. The basic version includes 16 video clips and one audio clip (ambience); the extended version adds another 15 clips.
For thumbnails and descriptions of all the clips click here.
The PDF user guide explains how to install and use the clips, and different options for organising and managing them. It includes a visual summary of the story, a step-by-step guide to the editing workflow, and editing tips. Intermediate editing activities cover manipulating time, working with the 180 degree rule, experimenting with dialogue, adding cutaways and split edits, and montage.
Guides to editing techniques
These step-by-step guides cover basic editing techniques with four common editing programs: Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie on Mac and iMovie on iPhone/iPad.
A 34-slide introduction to the continuity system, covering match on action, the establishing shot, shot-reverse shot, the 180 and 30 degree rules, eyeline match, point of view shots, cross-cutting and diegetic sound. Watch preview video
The package also includes the script, thumbnails and descriptions of all the shots, and a planning sheet for creating a soundtrack.
“A quick and easy way to learn film editing.”
Daniele, Film student, Canada
“Terrific. Allows students to develop their confidence and learn to edit independently.
The shots are simple to use with plenty of variety.”
Alison Smith, Experienced Senior Teacher – Film and Television, Australia
“Amazing! Has everything a teacher could want.”
Tim McGuire, EdTech teacher, USA
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The education version allows you to install EditClass on all devices at a single education or nonprofit site. You can also share it with your current students to use on their own devices, eg for working at home.
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