Ever wondered what Editing is and what Editors do? Editors often work alone choosing the right shots, (from lots of material) and put them together in such a way (by maintaining pace, rhythm and tempo) that each scene, sequence, segments of the documentary/ programmes works as a whole. Editing is the most important process, especially for non-fiction based programmes. Editor is the person who pours life into it. Documentaries are made at the edit table and Editors are the ones who string together a narrative that would otherwise exist only as a possibility. This 3-months course is aimed at exploring the immense possibilities that exist in Editing .


The participants will be given an overview of the process of Editing. From the technical to the aesthetic, from using effects (software related) to seeing the possibilities that the rushes offer, all these aspects will be discussed and it will become clear as to how the story is built shot by shot for the final film to come alive. An analysis of the art and craft of Editing will be done and the participants would begin to see how Editors are not just technical and creative people, but essentially artists who mould and give birth to a programme.


A mixture of classroom lectures, exercises and brief practicals will be the crux of this course.

The classes will include:

  • What is the difference between editing fiction and non-fiction?

  • How to see “Rushes”. What are the key criteria that should be considered while editing a documentary or a non-fiction based programme?

  • The beginning of Editing. How the development of Editing happened over the decades across USA, Europe and India.

  • What are the principles for Editing? Cuts based on image size, graphic elements, colour, movement, direction, image size & angle, imaginary line, screen direction, etc.

  • What should be kept in mind while editing a scene/ sequence

  • What are the “ Golden Rules” in editing?

  • What are the different types of cuts? The power of cut; motivation for a cut, types of cuts- inserts, cut away, jump cut, flash back, flash forward.

  • How to judge screen time- Timing, Pace & Rhythm in editing etc.

  • How to overcome problems (technical, logistical, aesthetical).

  • How the various ways of rearranging shots on paper can alter the scene and the story completely.

  • An overview of how any Editing software works. What are the key aspects to consider while using software?