Aesthetics of Editing

Aesthetics of Editing


One of the most integral parts of filmmaking happens after the camera stops. In fact, the way that you edit your footage together is what tells (and sells) the story to your audience. The goal of editing is to create a final product that not only maintains continuity, but is both effective and evocative. A good editor can seemingly manipulate time and space, transforming the audience’s experience. Because of this power, editors need to be clear about the purpose of the scene.

This project-based course will discuss the creative relationship between editor and director: how they interact to find the pace and structure of the film. Analysis and screenings of excerpts from selected films will be used to explore the strategies and techniques used by editors to create connections between images. Students will apply knowledge and concepts gained hands-on in their own projects and have the chance for feedback from an industry editor + filmmaker.

Topics covered:

  • Exploring the history of film and video editing

  • Controlling what the audience sees

  • Identifying the logline

  • Performing script and scene analysis

  • Coming up with an editing plan

  • Cutting from on-camera to off-camera action

  • Understanding the value of recutting

  • Shaping moments with music

  • Working in a specific genre

  • Mixing editing styles together

This class introduces students to film and video editing with a focus on aesthetics, rhythm, and making creative choices, as opposed to technical editing training seen in other post-production classes. Prior to taking this class, students must have editing experience with at least one of the following softwares: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or DaVinci Resolve.

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INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Hemenway is an Austin-based filmmaker, painter, and writer. Raised on a farm in South Dakota and educated at Arizona State University’s Film and Media Production program, Hemenway moved to Austin in 2012, where he continues to pursue his work in narrative film. He has created video content for clients ranging from credit unions to travel agents, tech startups to government agencies, and feature filmmakers to nonprofits. 

Hemenway has worked on productions that have screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner, at Austin’s Stateside Theater, and on NBC.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who want to better understand the artistry of editing and those working towards their ASoF Digital Video Certificate. Students must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

SUPPLIES & MATERIALS: Students are encouraged to bring work-in-progress footage on drive to work with hands-on in class.


PRE-REQUISITES: Prior to taking this class, students must have editing experience with at least one of the following softwares: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or DaVinci Resolve.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.

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