Course curriculum

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    The Invisble Power of Editing

    • Editing 101: Reshuffling A Scene

Lesson Plan

In this case study, I'm creating a widely different blocking for a scene to streamline the story. With off-camera cheats, flipping lines, and moving whole beats to different parts of the scene, the editor can shape a new dramatic arc.

This editing session comes from a German period thriller I recently cut. Effigy – Poison and the City is the true story of Gesche Gottfried, one of the first female serial killers ever identified, who murdered 15 people with rat poison between 1813 and 1827. She was found guilty of killing her parents, her three children, her twin brother, three husbands, and some friends and neighbors. Another 20 victims were lucky enough to survive. In 1831, Gottfried was executed for her crimes at age 46.


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 400k 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.