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The Art of Documentary Editing with Avid Media Composer





This five-day hands-on workshop will teach you all you need to know to start editing on Avid Media Composer software while exploring the craft of documentary editing. It combines the technical content of Avid MC 101 with the art and aesthetics of documentary editing. In addition to technical training we will devote time each day to effective approaches to structure and storytelling as well as project and organizational techniques specific to documentary editing. Find out how to use avid’s script-sync to help built a rough cut and save hours of search time. Learn techniques to stabilize shaky footage, add movement to static shots and enhance footage by applying basic color correction.

During the week we will be joined by award winning editor Sam Pollard who will discuss his films and career in a rare opportunity to learn the craft from one of the best editors in the field. You will also get an opportunity to screen your work for Sam Pollard in a critique session during the workshop.

We will screen and deconstruct clips from a wide range of non-fiction genres and also cut footage from real documentaries - experiencing first hand how editing can affect character, story and create or alter reality.

Students are welcome to take material from the class to use on their reel.


NOTE: This class will include the Avid certified MC 101 curriculum. You can view that class by clicking here.



NEW DATES!!! April 15, 2013 - April 19 ,2013!!
Course Cost: $1,495    Early Bird Cost: $1,095 (MUST REGISTER BY APRIL 10, 2013)

Registration is located under one week course on the registration page.  Early bird price will be reflected after students have registered.

This course runs Monday - Friday from 10am - 6pm.


Register HERE.


Guest Speakers:

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years.  He recently served as Producer and Supervising Editor on the Spike Lee directed HBO documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, a five year follow up to the Emmy and Peabody award winning When The Levees Broke.

His first assignment as a documentary producer came in 1989 for Henry Hampton's Blackside production Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads.  For one of his episodes in this series, he received an Emmy.  Eight years later, he returned to Blackside as Co-Executive Producer/Producer of Hampton's last documentary series I'll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community.  For the series, Mr. Pollard received The George Peabody Award. 

Between 1990 and 2010, Mr. Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee's films:  Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, and Bamboozled.  As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a number of documentary productions for the small and big screen:  Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, a biographical sketch for HBO for which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy, Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1963 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award and When The Levees Broke, a four part documentary that won numerous awards, including a Peabody and three Emmy Awards.

Mr. Pollard recently completed as a producer/director Slavery By Another Name a 90-minute documentary for PBS that was in competition at the Sundance Festival in 2012.


Janet Dalton is a freelance editor and Director of Education for Manhattan Edit Workshop who has been in the film and video world for over 15 years. She first became interested in film while studying audio engineering at The New School. Since then she has edited for PBS, MTV, CNBC, and Link TV.

She has been an Avid certified instructor for over 10 years and teaches both the introductory as well as advanced edit and effects classes. She is also one of just a handful of instructors who teach Avid's high end HD edit systems, the DS Nitris. She has taught editing classes at NYU, Columbia, SVA as well as taught industry professionals on-site at CBS, NBC and Fox. Her work is primarily short format though she is currently working on a feature length documentary.  Janet is also now as Apple certified Final Cut Pro instructor.


After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, MEWShop owner Josh Apter attended NYU's Graduate Film Program, where his thesis, 53rd Calypso, was honored with the Martin Scorsese Award for achievement in directing. The film, which stars Edward Norton, received numerous awards for directing, editing, and cinematography at film festivals across the country.

Josh was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for his first feature film, Kaaterskill Falls; The John Cassavetes Award and Best Debut Performance. Kaaterskill Falls was also awarded the Critic's Jury Prize at the IFP/West Los Angeles film Festival. It is currently screening on the Sundance Channel, and is available on DVD through Wellspring Media.

Josh has served as editor on over eight feature films including The Holy Land (winner Slamdance 2002/Cavu Pictures Distributor), Kaaterskill Falls and Barbecue is a Noun (Audience Award for best Documentary at the Rome International Film Festival and the River Run Film Festiva





Cost: $1,095

Certification cost: NA