Become The Go-To Editor

Fundamental Editing - Advanced Storytelling - Career Branding

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module #1: Editing Foundation

    • 1-1 How to Go-To Edit

    • Overview for All Newbies

    • 1-2 DaVinci Resolve - Pro Editing Software (Free Install)

    • Download: Dailies Pack 1

    • 1-3 Ingest & Sorting

    • 1-4 Marking & Selecting (Most Important Part of Good Editing)

    • CASE STUDY: The Thought Process Behind Select Reels

    • 1-5 The Most Important Cut

    • 1-6 Append, Overwrite & Insert Edits

    • 1-7 Cutting Video & Audio

    • CASE STUDY: Basic Audio: Mics, Levels, Noise Reduction, EQ

    • 1-8 J & L-Cuts

    • The Go-To Editor - FAQ

    • 1-9 Module 1 Finish Line

    • Wipster Tutorial: Get Feedback On Your Scene Work

    • -> Mod 1: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation

    • CASE STUDY: Watch Sven Cut the Module 1 Scene

  • 2

    Office Hours

  • 3

    Module #2 - Advanced Editing & Storytelling

    • 2-1 What is Story?

    • Download: Dailies Pack 2

    • 2-2 The Dramatic Question

    • CASE STUDY: Infusing Drama Into a Scene Through Editing

    • 2-3 Connecting Scenes

    • How Is Your Editing Going?

    • 2-4 The Joke as a Story

    • CASE STUDY: Advanced Audio - Best Practices

    • 2-5 Meaning of a Cut

    • 2-6 Audience Engagement

    • CASE STUDY: Reshuffling The Scene

    • 2-7 Editing Concepts

    • 2-8 The Process of Editing

    • 2-9 Conclusion

    • Mod 2: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation

  • 4

    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: Steve Gets Advice on His Resume/CV

    • 3-5 Websites and Social Media

    • 3-6 Leveraging Up

    • CASE STUDY: Why Become a Post Runner

    • 3-7 Is Film School Important

    • 3-8 Getting the Meeting

    • CASE STUDY: Targeted Client Acquisition with LinkedIn

    • 5 Websites for the Job Searching Editor

    • 3-09 Being Good in the Room

    • 3-10 Mock Interview

    • 3-11 Cold Call - Providing Value

    • CASE STUDY: The Magic Email That Gets You a Response

    • 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

    • CASE STUDY: How To Make A Living As Remote Editor

    • 3-15 Negotiating Your Rate

    • Module #3 - Key Points

    • 3-16 Conclusion: Having Choices

    • Career Strategy Master Plan

    • Turn Your Short Film Editing Strategy Into Action Steps

    • TEMPLATE: Turn Any Strategy Into Action Steps

  • 5

    Module #4 - Genre Editing Exercises (Narrative Drama)

    • 4-1 Narrative Editing - Briefing

    • 4-2 Download Dailies Pack 3

    • CASE STUDY: "Veep" (Emmy-winning TV Show) - 5 Stages of a Cut with Roger Nygard, ACE

    • GROUP SEMINAR: Assistant Editing (In Animation)

    • Mod 4: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation

    • FOR YOUR REEL - Access To Scene Dailies From The Feature Film "30-LOVE"

  • 6

    Module #5 - Genre Editing Exercises (Documentary)

    • 5-1 Documentary Editing - Briefing

    • 5-2 Download Dailies Pack

    • CASE STUDY: "The Square" (Oscar Nominated Doc) - Process of a Pro Editor

    • CASE STUDY: Documentary Sound Editing & Design

    • Mod 5: Submit Your Final Scene Work for Evaluation

    • FOR YOUR REEL - Access To Scene Dailies From The Documentary "Dirty Old Man"

  • 7

    Module #6 - Genre Editing Exercises (Corporate & Branded Content)

    • 6-1 Branded Video Editing - Briefing

    • 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

  • 8

    BONUS: Watch-Me Edit Sessions, Live Streams & Infinite Wisdom

    • SWINGSET OF WISDOM: Quick Tips on the Go

    • CASE STUDY: Editing is Re-Writing

    • AUDIO DESIGN: "Dialog Basic Grade"

    • 3 Tips for Efficient Editing & Deep Work

    • COURSE FEEDBACK: Let us know how we are doing

Pricing options

Includes lifetime membership and free updates.

  • $997.00

    Regular price

  • Monthly Payments (12 x $97)

    12 x $97 Monthly Payment Plan


Includes These Bonus Lessons:

HBO's "Veep"

Case Study with Roger Nygard, ACE

Narrative Editing Bonus Lesson: A top TV-editor for HBO walks us through the five stages of cutting a scene from the Emmy hit-series "Veep" starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Mercedes feat. Roger Federer

Case Study with David Gesslbauer

Brand Editing Bonus Lesson: Top brand & music video editor David Gesslbauer shows us his process of cutting commercials and branded content.

Oscar-Nominated "The Square"

Case Study with Mohamed "Misho" El Manasterly

Docu Editing Bonus Lesson: Emmy-winning editor Misho El Manasterly demonstrates how he organizes and selects the vast amount of footage in a documentary project.

Dailies For Your Editing Reel

Exclusive Access to Scene Dailies

A critical pain point for many of our students is that they don't have a decent editing reel. We offer footage from real feature-length films you can use to cut AND put on your editing reel.

Editing Bootcamp

Get Hired on an Actual Feature Film or Documentary

An optional editing challenge, where real directors with edit-ready features and docs offer up a scene to the students for the opportunity to get hired for the entire project (with pay and genuine "edited by" credit). So far six directors have hired nine of our Go-To Editors for projects with budgets up to a half million dollars.

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Sven Pape

Film Editor

I'm an ACE Award-nominated editor who cut for James Cameron (3D-Imax 'Ghosts Of The Abyss'), Mark Webber (Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee, 'The End of Love'), 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 over 475k 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

“About a year and a half ago I was laid off from my Video Director job due to restructuring. It was right around the time that you launched the Go-To Editor course and I signed up immediately. It turned out to be a really smart decision on my part. ; ) I've learned so much! I feel a lot more solid in my storytelling. From making all those tiny little decisions while editing and still keeping the big picture in mind—I feel I now know the right questions to challenge myself to make sure the story is being best served. The course has not only given me a deeper understanding of that process, but also a language with which I can discuss it with my clients, whether it be on branding, documentary or narrative projects. I had a great first year as a freelancer and edited a really nice variety of projects and all my clients have become repeat clients. The course's emphasis on how to work with clients and how to present myself to them, helped me immensely with that. And though this year has been challenging for us all, to say the least, I feel I have a very solid foundation with which to continue to build. For instance, a short film I finished editing early this year, Driver, has been chosen as an official selection to three film festivals: New York Lift-Off 2020, Fresh Black Films Showcase and the Coney Island Film Festival. Finding out about Driver’s inclusion in these festivals during the pandemic was a nice surprise—and a great validation during tough times.”

Diane Panfil, Go-To Editor student

“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 list

“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, France

“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 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 Extension

“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 Student

“So, before the course, I was kind of stuck in editing promo videos and commercials. I've also done a few independent documentary projects. But when I came across my first feature film project, I knew that I wasn't ready. I took on the project anyway. When COVID happened, I had 3-4 months of free time, and I wanted to advance my editing skills since I haven't had proper training. What convinced me to take the course was that there was a guarantee that I could be refunded (after going through all the modules) if the course wasn't worth the price. With Sven responding to me instantly with my questions via email, I decided to give this course a try. Now, after going through the lessons, what sold me is having the Discord community, the camp counselors, and online group sessions for life! I've been able to grow, get past basic, and into advanced editing skills for feature film as well as other projects. I highly recommend this course.”

Zachari Medina - Go-To Editor student

“ I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me get my first ever job offer. I got the opportunity to work from home as a remote video editor. I wouldn't have got this without you. I'm moving cautiously with this opportunity, but the fact that I was able to use what you taught me from the course and apply it to a real-world scenario is incredible. You're right; getting the interview was the critical part; everything else was pretty simple. There's one more thing I want to say, and it's after taking this course, there are some things that I now naturally notice in editing (whether it's watching films or helping my friends edit theirs), and I can see why 'selecting' is the essential part of editing. I can go on and on about this, but I simply want to say thank you.”

Eldrick Greenaway - Go-To Editor student

“HUGE thank you to Sven! I am currently making a feature-length documentary and desperately needed an editor- but not anymore! Per the suggestion of my former UCLA professor, I reached out to Sven without knowing what to expect, and I am so glad that I did. Not only was he eager to help me find the best editor, but he also proposed that I participate in an Editors' Bootcamp that brought together the brightest talent who would then cut a scene from footage I had provided. I ended up selecting the editor who I felt understood the assignment and grasped the concept of the documentary the best, but making the decision on which person to choose was tough because they each brought a high level of passion, connection, and storytelling in their unique way. So grateful for Sven, and I would recommend the Editors' Bootcamp to anybody.”

Deidre Jericho - Director ( (Hired One Of Our Students During Editing Bootcamp 4.0)

“Absolutely fantastic experience. I can’t think of any other way that I’d rather get an editor. I’ve filmed a documentary with locations in South Korea, China, and the States. I was looking to hire an editor when a director friend recommended the Editing Bootcamp of the Go-To Editor course. It’s a multi-week process where students get to submit and move through various rounds that include editing a scene from my film. I then get to interview the top candidates and may make an offer to hire one or more of the editors (with pay and credit). Being able to see the scene through so many talented eyes provided me a unique and rare clarity about what beats and tone truly worked before actually being in the final edit. Truly invaluable insight.”

Kevin Stea - Director (Hired Two Of Our Students During Editing Bootcamp 5.0)

A course for 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.

Be The Guardian Of The Audience.

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, FCP) 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 a work sample. See Terms of Service.)

  • Once we tackled 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 Career Master Plan that keeps my phone ringing.

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

  • Participate in our regular Editing Bootcamps where real directors provide edit-ready scenes with the intent of hiring one or more of our students to cut the final film (with credit & pay)

Become a Go-To Editor

Craft - Career - Creative

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. 

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