The Documentary Editing Process with David Teague

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC


Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm

David Teague has become well known as a go-to documentary film editor. His impressive roster includes the Oscar-nominated docs Cutie and the Boxer, Mondays at Racine, and Sun Come Up; the Oscar-winning Freeheld; and most recently, the Sundance-winning E-TEAM.

It's often said that documentaries find their story in the cutting room, but how exactly does the editor approach hundreds of hours of material and begin to tease out story lines and character arcs? In this exciting master class, David will share his unique insights and methods, from nuts and bolts tips to the fundamentals of constructing narratives and developing characters.

Don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity to learn about the editing process from one of today's finest working editors.

David Teague

David Teague is a film editor whose work includes Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning documentaries. His work has played Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW, Silverdocs/AFI Docs, Tribeca, LA Film Fest, Full Frame, and True/False, amongst many others.

David recently completed editing E-TEAM, an in-the-trenches portrait of war crimes investigators which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also recently edited the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and was named by the New York Times as one of the top five docs of the year.

Previously, David edited the Oscar-winning documentary Freeheld (2007) as well as two other Oscar-nominated films (Mondays at Racine, Sun Come Up). Other editing credits include the feature documentary The Iran Job, the PBS series Constitution USA, and the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street primetime special Growing Hope Against Hunger. In 2009, David directed and edited his own award-winning documentary Intifada NYC about a controversial Arabic language public school.

David has served as an editing mentor with the IFP Documentary Labs and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. He has taught editing at DCTV, Union Docs, the Manhattan Edit Workshop, the New School, Brooklyn College and Long Island University, and he is the author of three best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express.


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About DCTV: Founded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community, providing affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house. DCTV is also the soon-to-be home of the first US documentary-only cinema! DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art.

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