Become a Go-To Editor

Fundamental Editing - Advanced Storytelling - Career Branding

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Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Module #1: Editing Fundamentals
    • 1-1 Welcome to The Go-To Editor!
    • 1-2 DaVinci Resolve - Pro Editing Software (Free Install)
    • Download: Dailies Pack 1
    • 1-3 Ingest & Sorting
    • 1-4 Marking& Selecting (The most important part of good editing)
    • CASE STUDY 1: The Thought Process Behind Select Reels
    • 1-5 The Most Important Cut
    • 1-6 Append, Overwrite & Insert Edits
    • 1-7 Cutting Video & Audio
    • 1-8 J & L-Cuts
    • 1-9 Recap
  • 2
    Module #2 - Advanced Editing & Storytelling
    • 2-1 What is Story?
    • Download: Dailies Pack 2
    • 2-2 The Dramatic Question
    • CASE STUDY 2: Infusing Drama Into a Scene Through Editing
    • 2-3 Connecting Scenes
    • CHECK IN: How Is Your Editing Going?
    • 2-4 The Joke as a Story
    • 2-5 Meaning of a Cut
    • CASE STUDE 3: Reshuffling The Scene
    • 2-6 Audience Engagement
    • 2-7 Editing Concepts
    • 2-8 The Process of Editing
    • 2-9 Conclusion
  • 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
    • CASE STUDY 4: 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
    • Worksheet: 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
    • Worksheet: Develop Your Editor Brand With These 5 Questions FREE PREVIEW
    • 3-14 Good vs. Bad Clients
    • 3-15 Negotiating Your Rate
    • 3-16 Conclusion: Having Choices
  • 4
    Module #4 - Genre Editing Exercises (Narrative Drama)
    • 4-1 Narrative Editing - Intro
    • 4-2 Download Dailies Pack 3
    • 4-3 Submit Your Final Cut
  • 5
    Module #5 - Genre Editing Exercises (Documentary)
    • 5-1 Documentary Editing - The Briefing
    • 5-2 Download Dailies Pack
    • CASE STUDY: "The Square" (Oscar Nominated Doc) - Process of a Pro Editor
    • 5-3 Submit Your Work for Feedback
  • 6
    Module #6 - Genre Editing Exercises (Corporate & Branded Content)
    • 6-1 Branded Video Editing - The Briefing
    • 6-2 Download Dailies Pack
    • 6-3 Submit Your Work for Feedback
  • 7
    BONUS: Watch-Me Edit Sessions, Live Streams & Infinite Wisdom
    • Swingset of Wisdom 1: Never Complain.
    • CASE STUDY 5A: How much freedom should the editor take with the script?
    • CASE STUDY 5B: Editing is rewriting
    • Swingset of Wisdom 2:This One Thing Gets Me The Job 9 out 10 Times
    • OFFICE HOUR: Module 1
  • 8
    Community
    • General Discussion

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.

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 arch. 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 5 years. My YouTube Channel 'This Guy Edits' has over 200k subscribers and focuses on creative storytelling and editing. I taught Film Editing at Columbia College Hollywood and I am a regular guest lecturer at UCLA 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

“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

“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 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 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 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. 
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