Become a Go-To Editor

Fundamental Editing - Advanced Storytelling - Career Branding

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Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Module #1: Editing Fundamentals
    • 1-1 How to Go-To Edit FREE PREVIEW
    • 1-2 DaVinci Resolve - Pro Editing Software (Free Install)
    • Download: Dailies Pack 1
    • 1-3 Ingest & Sorting
    • Basic Overview of DaVinci Resolve 16.x
    • 1-4 Marking & Selecting (Most Important Part of Good Editing)
    • The Thought Process Behind Select Reels
    • 1-5 The Most Important Cut
    • 1-6 Append, Overwrite & Insert Edits
    • 1-7 Cutting Video & Audio
    • Basic Audio: Mics, Levels, Noise Reduction, EQ
    • 1-8 J & L-Cuts
    • The Go-To Editor - FAQ
    • 1-9 Module 1 Finish Line
    • -> Mod 1: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation
    • Watch Sven Cut the Module 1 Scene
  • 2
    Module #2 - Advanced Editing & Storytelling
    • 2-1 What is Story?
    • Download: Dailies Pack 2
    • 2-2 The Dramatic Question
    • Infusing Drama Into a Scene Through Editing
    • 2-3 Connecting Scenes
    • How Is Your Editing Going?
    • 2-4 The Joke as a Story
    • 2-5 Meaning of a Cut
    • Reshuffling The Scene
    • 2-6 Audience Engagement
    • 2-7 Editing Concepts
    • 2-8 The Process of Editing
    • 2-9 Conclusion
    • Mod 2: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation
  • 3
    Module #3 - Personal Branding & Career Strategies
    • 3-1 Why Editing Is Not Just Storytelling
    • 3-2 The Craft of Editing
    • 3-3 Social Skills
    • 3-4 Finding Work
    • Steve Gets Advice on His Resume/CV
    • 3-5 Websites and Social Media
    • 3-6 Leveraging Up
    • 3-7 Is Film School Important
    • 3-8 Getting the Meeting
    • 5 Websites for the Job Searching Editor
    • 3-09 Being Good in the Room
    • 3-10 Mock Interview
    • 3-11 Cold Call - Providing Value
    • 3-12 Yourself as a Brand
    • 3-13 Books: Becoming a Brand
    • Develop Your Editor Brand With These 5 Questions
    • 3-14 Good vs. Bad Clients
    • 3-15 Negotiating Your Rate
    • Module #3 - Key Points
    • 3-16 Conclusion: Having Choices
    • Career Strategy Master Plan
  • 4
    Module #4 - Genre Editing Exercises (Narrative Drama)
    • 4-1 Narrative Editing - Intro
    • 4-2 Download Dailies Pack 3
    • Mod 4: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation
  • 5
    Module #5 - Genre Editing Exercises (Documentary)
    • 5-1 Documentary Editing
    • 5-2 Download Dailies Pack
    • CASE STUDY: "The Square" (Oscar Nominated Doc) - Process of a Pro Editor
    • Mod 5: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation
  • 6
    Module #6 - Genre Editing Exercises (Corporate & Branded Content)
    • 6-1 Branded Video Editing
    • 6-2 Download Dailies Pack
    • CASE STUDY: "Mercedes Commercial" (feat. Tennis Star Roger Federer) - Process of a Pro Editor
    • Mod 6: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation
  • 7
    BONUS: Watch-Me Edit Sessions, Live Streams & Infinite Wisdom
    • SWINGSET OF WISDOM: Quick Tips on the Go
    • CASE STUDY: Editing is Re-Writing
    • GROUP VIDEO CALLS: Students discuss their pain points
    • LIVE STREAMS: Module 1, 2, & 3
    • AUDIO DESIGN: "Dialog Basic Grade"
    • COURSE FEEDBACK: Let us know how we are doing

What Gets You Hired


A course for beginning and intermediate film and video editors who aspire to become supreme storytellers and valued collaborators. Go-To Editors are on speed-dial of directors, producers, and clients. They get to pick the projects they want to work on and can ask for premium payment rate.

Pricing options

Includes lifetime membership and free updates.

It's Like Editing Film School Just 100x Better

Film and video editing doesn't stop with mastering software and workflow. It's about storytelling, social skills, and savvy career moves. Go-To Editors are in demand, because they elevate the films they work on, turn clients and directors into euphoric fans, and keep the drama on the timeline (and away from the edit bay).

  • Learn film editing by working with dailies from real film projects. You get access to actual scenes from an A-list festival feature with an Oscar winning actress, a documentary released in theaters by a big studio, and real branded content.

  • Work with your preferred editing software (e.g. Premiere, Avid, FCPX) or follow along as I download, install and set-up the first project on the free professional editing software DaVinci Resolve.

  • All lessons offer on-the-job training, where you organize footage, cut scenes, and build a broader story arc. You get the scene dailies, audio files, and script pages. (NOTE: For educational purposes only. Footage & edited scenes MAY NOT be publicized, sold, put on your reel, or used as work sample. See Terms of Service).

  • Once we covered the basics, we focus on the most important part of editing: Storytelling. Every lesson covers important aspects of shaping character, story, and emotions.

  • Next to storytelling, social skills are just as important to establish yourself as a Go-To Editor. That's why I developed a strategy for getting the right meetings, landing the job, negotiating rates, and leveraging up.

  • Yes, I cover reel and resume, but Go-To Editors get 90% of their jobs through word of mouth. This is where I share my step-by-step action plan that keeps my phone ringing.

  • We focus intently on the collaboration process and your personal branding strategies.

Instructor

  • Sven Pape

    Sven Pape

    Film Editor

    I'm an ACE Award-nominated editor who cut for James Cameron (3D-Imax 'Ghosts Of The Abyss'), James Franco (Tribeca Fest Premiere 'Good Time Max'), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Emmy-Winning 'HitRECord on TV'). Films I cut premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, and played theatrically across the nation. I worked as Supervising Editor on several TV shows on networks like Bravo, E!, and Fox. I was the Go-To Editor for companies like Fremantle Media (American Idol) and cut pilots for them for more than five years. My YouTube Channel 'This Guy Edits' has 300k subscribers and focuses on creative storytelling and editing. I taught Film Editing at Columbia College Hollywood, and I am a regular guest lecturer at the UCLA Film Extension. I now designed this course where I teach you everything I know about becoming a Go-To Editor.

What clients, filmmakers & students say about me

“I've been a member of Sven Pape's "The Go-To Editor Course" for a year now... I've been an editor for 15 years, worked on content for a lot of worldwide brands and won a couple of awards in small film festivals for short films - but I never found myself on the right track for cutting feature films... I won't say it was all thanks to the course, but it really gave me the push and the confidence I needed to go after what I wanted... When I was in my 20s I paid a private cinema school around 6000 dollars a year, and I really don't think I learned nearly as much in three years there that I learned with the Go-To Editor course in under a year. It's crazy to say, but it's true. ”

Erwann Kerroch, Go-To Editor student, FranceErwann Kerroch, Go-To Editor student, France

“Sven is a fantastic editor and storyteller and a true workhorse. He is entirely without ego, gets the job done with integrity and autonomy. I trusted him 100% with my material and with my characters and story. He is also a great delegator, which is rare to find in an editor, meaning he works with a team of interns and assistants and manages them professionally and efficiently. It was a real pleasure having Sven cut my feature documentary Alt-Right: Age of Rage [SXSW Premiere, Netflix] and I'd jump at the chance to work with him again. ”

Adam Bhala Lough, Director, Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Indie Filmmakers to Watch listAdam Bhala Lough, Director, Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Filmmaker Magazine’s Top 25 Indie Filmmakers to Watch list

“I purchased Sven's course and became a member right after he first launched it and I can definitely say I have no regrets... I found it to be exactly what I needed to take my editing to the next level. Last year Sven threw out a potential job opportunity to those of us in the course when an indie filmmaker was looking for a new editor to help rescue a film he had shot. I applied and nearly got the job - I even had a phone interview with the director. Though I ended up loosing the gig to another talented editor in our group who had more professional experience than I did, that experience was the thing that finally gave me the confidence to say, "hey! I can cut! I can do this for a living if I want to!" and now because of that I'm moving forward with setting up my own freelance editing business.”

Carlin Parkin, Go-To Editor StudentCarlin Parkin, Go-To Editor Student

“Sven is an incredible editor; in fact, I would say that he is one of the best in the business. He is super creative when it comes to his editing approach, always offering fantastic solutions to any post production problems, and also has a stellar record at editing media together in a fluid, fun, and dynamic way. He's also super quick; I've seen him edit together short pieces in one day that took other editors over a week; and his version was 100 times better. He also has a natural ear for cutting to music. If you ever need an editor, Sven is your man.”

Justin Lacob, VP Original Series & Development, Paramount NetworkJustin Lacob, VP Original Series & Development, Paramount Network

“I have had the pleasure of working with Sven for over a decade. His creativity and mastery of his craft is second only to his work ethic and innovation. I have collaborated with Sven in developing courses and seen first-hand the care he puts into the student experience and the incredibly positive reception of his courses. Sven has graced my classrooms at UCLA Extension as an inspirational guest lecturer on many occasions and is always a highlight of the course. I have learned a great deal from Sven and am delighted he is making his knowledge and experience available to the filmmaking community on a large, accessible scale.”

Tyler Danna, Filmmaker, Instructor UCLA ExtensionTyler Danna, Filmmaker, Instructor UCLA Extension

“Just viewed 'How Editors Do It Right', one of the vids on the This Guy Edits Patreon site. It's ALL there. I spent a year struggling to find 'the story' in my doc film. My laptop was filled with writing tutorials about character arcs etc. If only I had discovered This Guy Edits a few months earlier! (Disclaimer: I didn't get paid to write this!)”

Lorraine Chittock, Photographer, Writer, FilmmakerLorraine Chittock, Photographer, Writer, Filmmaker

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The video footage, audio files and script pages provided in this course are for educational purposes only. 
Footage & edited scenes MAY NOT be publicized, sold, put on your reel, or used as work sample. See Terms of Service
The course features real success stories from me and other participants, but you should not expect the same results. Building an editing career (and/or becoming a go-to editor) takes hard work, dedication, and significant time. There is no guarantee that you will be successful or make any amount of money.