In this 21-day Film Editing Course, you will learn the fundamental concepts and techniques of editing while getting trained on the latest video editing software tools. Designed by one of India’s finest editors Niraj Voralia (FTII ’96), this course will provide a secure foundation upon which you can build a successful career.
The course is open to everyone above the age of 16; includes lunch and tea with snacks two times a day; and will be held at our training facility in Pune, India.
Editing is described as an art, the only art that is unique to film, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it. Editing is often referred to as the “invisible art’ because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not aware of the editor’s work.
On its most fundamental level, film editing is the art, technique and practice of assembling shots into a coherent sequence. An editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as the actors’ performances to effectively “re-imagine” and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole.
The advent of affordable video editing software becoming available on personal computers has led to a dramatic shift in the editing industry. Now any individual with a good computer setup and adequate training can start an Editing Studio from home.
Although, where most newcomers go wrong is in believing that the software is the be-all-end-all of the film editing profession and end up spending all their energy on software classes and online tutorials. This is a false notion which has led to many people wasting precious time and money, and eventually giving up on their dream.
To clarify this, lets look at another creative profession:
When we see a great painting or a photograph, do we praise the creativity of a brush or the eye of a visionary camera? No, we applaud the Painter and the Photographer who are operating and creating works of art with these tools. Similarly, we have to understand that the software is a tool for an Editor express his/her creativity; and achieving this understanding is one of the core objectives of our film editing course.
This is not to say that learning software is not necessary, in fact it very much is; but understanding what you want and can achieve through it is of paramount importance.
As new editors we must first understand what impact a moving image or movie can have on the viewer and how that impact can be manipulated through editing. The rest will follow suit.
In this film editing course we will not only be covering all the important aspects of editing, but also work with each individual and enable you to become responsible, innovative, and creative film editors.
Prof. Niraj Voralia graduated from FTII in 1996 with a specialization in film editing and has been working as a freelance editor since then. He has edited more than a dozen feature films. He has also been involved in academics for over a decade, teaching theory as well as the practical aspects of filmmaking and editing in particular at various institutes.
He is a regular Visiting Faculty at the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai and, Digital Academy, Mumbai. Niraj has also taken film editing courses at Whistling Woods International,Mumbai. National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. FTII, Pune. IDC (IIT, Mumbai). He has taken workshops with organizations such as Majlis, Point of View, Filament Pictures, among others.
As part of his work with students, he has edited over fifty non-fiction projects and an equal number of fiction projects. Several of these have been shown on national television and at various festivals and have also won several awards.
Years of being involved in academics have strengthened his firm belief that teaching is a two-way process, where knowledge, understanding and energy are given and received in equal measure.
“Shwaas“, it won the National Award for Best Feature Film, 2004; also India’s official entry for the Oscars, 2005; Alpha Puraskar for Best Editing. “Aurangzeb”, “Valoo”, “Vihir”, “Dahavi F”, “Nadi Vahate”, “Kshitij”, “Dha” and more.
He has also edited over thirty documentaries and an equal number of short fiction films, most notably: “Kalighat Fetish”, (Best Documentary 2001, Tampere Film Festival, Finland); “Cinema ka Sapna Dekha Hai?”, “Moner Manush”, “Yeh Gulistan Hamara”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal”, “Dancing Othello”.
At least half the duration of the course will be spent on doing practical exercises. These exercises/sessions will happen everyday.
Students will apply the theoretical concepts and practical knowledge of
video editing software on existing footage from films. To begin with you will
take on a simple exercise such as a silent film/short and then move
onto a slightly more complicated one like a scene from a film or a short
If participants wish to bring their own laptop for the film editing course, kindly inform us when you register and ensure that you have either Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro installed.
10:00am to 06:00pm
(hours may extend)
Early Bird Offer: Rs.36000/-
(Offer Valid for first 8 registrations)
Total Seats: 12