The 3 Most Important Words in Editing

by Paddy Bird on
June 18, 2021

There are three magical words in editing, especially in the non-scripted genres that every editor covets, hunts and searches for. These three words get us out of a thousand different problems and so we could say they are super words!

They save us, they help us and they make sense in a world full of chaos. Like a thousand editors before me, I've spent large parts of my career using these words to construct the essential journalistic structure and logic of so many scenes.

What are these three words? Well, I'm sorry but you're just gonna have to tune in to this week's episode of Once Upon a Timeline to find out. Guaranteed, these three words will elevate your skills as an editor so be sure not to miss the show!

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The Genius of Intercutting

Saturday, July 3, 3PM BST

Intercutting is such a valuable part of the editing process and mastering it gives us an incredibly high-end vision of what's possible in any kind of sequence. Our ability to build great structure, intelligence, journalism and style when we weave visual and narrative elements together are skills that every director is attracted to.

You will not be the same editor after this month's Bootcamp as these are structural skills that separate us from the everyday YouTube editor who's just learnt the software. We are going to teach you all of the laws, logic and nuances of this powerful part of editing.

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Free Taster Course: MFA Craft Editing

26 July - 5 August 2021
16-26 August 2021

This taster course will give you hands-on experience of the MFA Craft Edit Masters, the industry's first professional editing course where the focus is on the art form rather than the software or technology.

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A Week of Creative Intensity

Mon 9 Aug – Sat 14 Aug 2021

Put yourself in the hot seat this summer with the most in-depth editing course on the planet. We’ve deliberately built this elite level Summer School for you: the editor who wants to take their creative skills to a whole new level.

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