Inside the Cutting Room: Editing for Television

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Different kinds of television require different approaches to editing, and veteran TV editor Rob Kuhns has done it all. In this master class, learn the intricate post production process necessary to put a compelling story together for the small screen.

Looking both at technicalities and craft, Kuhns will take us through his creative process as it applies to both fiction and non-fiction. Using clips from several television shows that he has edited, Kuhns will discuss topics such as pacing, organizational methods, structuring a scene, creatively using archival footage and photos, working with a composer, and methods to maintain objectivity. He will also explore various approaches to process and style within different kinds of television shows, including the verité documentary, the historical documentary, the dramatic series, and the weekly current affairs series.

Whether you're looking to break into editing for broadcast yourself, or you're a TV-lover wanting to get the inside scoop on how it's all put together, this master class is for you!

Rob Kuhns

Rob has been editing films and programs for television since 1987. Among his many credits are Adam Clayton Powell (Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary in 1990), Showtime's dramatic series, Sleeper Cell (Golden Globe Award nominated for Best Mini-Series in 2005), This is a Game, Ladies (AFI Silverdoc Festival Audience Award; Best Documentary, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival), Follow the Money (2004 Emmy Award for Best Documentary on a Business Topic), The Rosenberg File: Case Closed (1995 Emmy Award for Best Use of Archival Footage), Russia: Land of the Tsars and the PBS documentary, Enemies of War. Rob also edited 3 seasons of the nationally broadcast PBS series Bill Moyers Journal (Emmy Award nominations in 2009 and 2010).

Rob is currently finishing producing/directing/editing the feature-length documentary, Year of the Living Dead, which examines the making and impact of one of the most influential horror films of all time, Night of the Living Dead. He has guest lectured at Columbia University, The New School, New York University, Rutgers University and Montclair State University. [Photo credit: Robin Holland]


$15 / DCTV Members
$20 / Members of Shooting People, DocuClub, NYWIFT, IFP, and students/educators with ID
$30 / General