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Trailer Editing


$250 Members // $300 Non-Members

Cutting a film trailer is an art form of its own. Whether your goal is to secure funding, raise awareness, or market your film to a new audience, a trailer is an essential tool. Trailers are also illuminating templates that bring a clarity to cinematic storytelling, 3-act structure, and story mechanics. In Trailer Editing, watch samples of effective film teasers and trailers, learn about tried and true structures, and discuss the best way to approach making a project-appropriate trailer. This workshop culminates in the group working on a short sample trailer with the instructor. Ideal for not only editors, but anyone who aspires to better understand trailers and storytelling.

This is a Post-Production workshop at the Extensions level.

Topics include:

  • Easing the Viewer Into Your Story
  • Pacing and Structure
  • Selecting Footage
  • Mood and Music Cues
  • Striking the Right Tone
  • Trailer Formats and Styles

Size: 6 students | Duration: 9 hrs

Prerequisite(s): This is not a software-specific workshop. Fluency and the ability to work independently in one of the non-linear editing softwares listed in Materials below is recommended but not required.

Materials: All you need to bring is yourself! Each student will be equipped with a 27-inch iMac with 5K retina display running Avid Media Composer 2018, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019, DaVinci Resolve 15, and Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4. Personal equipment is not permitted.

All DCTV Workshops have limited enrollment and require registration in advance. By registering you verify you have basic Mac OS X literacy and have read and agree to the prerequisites above and our Workshops Policies.

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