Film Editing Fundamentals Virtual Workshop

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In this 6-week Film Editing Virtual Workshop, you will learn the fundamental concepts and techniques of editing through interactive lectures, film analysis, and practical exercises. Designed by one of India’s finest editors Niraj Voralia (FTII ’96), this workshop will provide a secure foundation upon which you can build a  successful career.
Please note that this is not just another software tutorial, the focus will be on understanding editing as a whole. Kindly go through the full syllabus given below.

The Workshop will be conducted over 6 Weeks from 18:00 to 23:00 IST on MON-TUE-THU-FRI. A 45min dinner break is included in the timing.

What is editing? and how will taking a course on film editing help me?

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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.

Notable Films:
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”, “K Sera Sera” (Konkani), worked on “Class of ’83” (produced by Red Chillies for Netflix) 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”.


Theory and concepts of film editing

  • A brief history of film editing
  • Continuity
  • Alternatives to continuity
  • Understanding narrative and various types of storytelling
  • Time and Space in cinema
  • Editing various types of sequences:
    • Dialogue
    • Action
    • Montages
  • Rhythm, timing, pacing
  • Basics of using sound in cinema
  • Editing documentaries and other forms of non-fiction
  • Understanding film style; maintaining the film’s style while editing it
  • A look at editing ads, promos and corporate films
  • Understanding the basics of colour and colour theory (If time permits)
  • Technical topics:
    • The film image, how it is formed
    • The analog video image
    • Digital video
    • Analog versus digital
    • Sampling
    • Formats, files, containers
    • Compression

Film clips relating to the topic at hand will be shared and discussed. Sir will also share films to watch and plenty of reference books.

Apart from all the theory , Niraj will also share anecdotes and learnings from his life as an editor which we hope will inform you of the various challenges, ups and downs, important habits etc. of the film editing profession.

Practical exercises

As the workshops advances through the various developments of editing concepts and practices, students will attempt to apply what they have learned by editing actual footage.
The footage (rushes) will be provided by the mentor and starting from the first week every student will be expected to start working on the exercise material.
After completing and submitting their first attempt (first cut), the mentor will give individual feedback and instructions for the next cut and so on.
This exercise will be repeated for multiple sets of rushes with an increasing level of complexity as the workshop progresses.

Working with Video Editing software tools

Please remember that the focus of the workshop is on the fundamentals of film editing and it is not just another software tutorial. There is plenty of resource material that is freely available to start learning the software; we have linked some of them in this section. That being said, this workshop will cover:

  • Basics of video editing software

  • How to start a project

  • Import and organize files

  • Making an assembly

  • Rough cut

  • Final cut with basic leveling of sound

  • Basic transitions and effects

  • Mastering and Final export

The above mentioned topics will be covered as live demonstrations by the mentor along with tips, “do’s and don’ts” and Q&As regarding the same. Specific problems or queries can be requested anytime during the course and will be addressed if time permits.
Niraj will also demonstrate how he works on professional projects, the challenges one may face when working on such projects, and some basic rules he follows to ensure the project remains secure and manageable.

Which software will we be using?

While Niraj will be demonstrating using Final Cut Pro 7, we recommend you install either DaVinci Resolve or Adobe’s Premiere Pro. The editing part of DaVinci Resolve is available for free (the color grading functions require payment), while Premier Pro is available on a monthly subscription. All these professional editing software have common functions and workflows, so you will easily find substitute functions in your software for what Niraj shows in class.

Click here for training material for Resolve from their official website
Please finish the first tutorial “Introduction to Editing”. This will cover certain basic functions and familiarize you with the interface. The “Studio” version of the software is the paid one, so download the version without the Studio tag.

Click here for training material for Premiere Pro

For this workshop we highly recommend you install either of the above software and start familiarizing yourself with the interface and basic functions before the start of the workshop.

What if my system can’t support a professional software/ I have already invested in another software?

We recommend the above mentioned software because those are the ones that are being widely used in the industry and are therefore software that the mentor is familiar with.
As mentioned before the basic functions in these software are common, so you will find substitutes in whichever software you use, but learning the industry standard software will always be more advantageous if you want to make a career out of editing and they will also have more features/functions.

Important Notes and Requirements

  • Please be ready with a laptop/computer with a video editing software installed. If you are new to the software, please watch a tutorial and familiarize yourself with the interface.
  • Ensure that the device you are attending from has a working webcam and microphone.
  • This being a hands-on and interactive workshop, it may not always end on the given time. Please be prepared burn that midnight oil.
  • Workshop will consist of many homework assignments and students will be expected to complete the same within the given time. This will require you to commit time outside the duration of the workshop, so kindly plan for the same.
  • Please mention what you expect to gain out of this workshop and why you are attending in the registration form.

6 reviews for Film Editing Fundamentals Virtual Workshop

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    Deepanshu Gupta

    Strong foundational course for aspiring editors.

    This is a wonderful workshop for any aspiring editor or enthusiast. Neeraj sir designed this workshop in such a way that you’ll get to know about the historical evolution of world cinema from the lens of editing which gives a solid foundation for any aspiring editor. Also, the classes are of a very interactive nature which makes this workshop to the next level. And the practical editing exercises are something that adds another dimension to this workshop. A highly recommended workshop.

    10 August, 2021
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    Neelambari Bhattacharya

    Got a wealth of information and insight

    The class was absolutely brilliant. I knew nothing about editing when I began and I now feel confident enough to edit a short film on my own. The class focuses on both theory and practice, and Niraj took us through the history of editing, time and space in editing, and told us so many stories and insights. I also now have a big archive of links, books and films that are presented in a structured manner throughout this course. My favourite part was when the whole class watched a certain sequence together and Niraj discussed the techniques involved and also why it did or did not work. The practical training and help I got has also been so valuable. I would absolutely recommend this workshop to anyone!

    30 July, 2021
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    khushal pachory

    Finest Workshop

    When I joined this course I was completely new to editing. But After this workshop, I get my basics right, I would love to recommend this workshop for everyone who want understand the minute details that are undergone while editing. Neeraj’s dedication to disperse his rich experience and knowledge helps us understand the craft very well.
    In short one of the finest workshop, one can join .Don’t miss the opportunity.

    26 July, 2021
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    Faiz Bandeali

    Fruitful course

    I took this course not knowing what do expect and what we will do for five hours( The class ran on Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri from 6-11 pm).However, my reservations towards this class were completely overturned by the amazing lecturer, Niraj Voralia.

    From the first days of film editing in America and Russia to modern day editing techniques, we ended up discussing about almost everything there is to film editing.

    This is a perfect course for a layman wanting to develop a better understanding of film editing. The course has specific exercises on editing which will allow you to get your hands dirty with a software of your choice.

    More importantly, Niraj is an amazing mentor and a teacher. He goes out of his way to make sure every student has understood what is being taught and never hesitates to provide feedback on your work.

    Highly recommend this course with Niraj!

    26 July, 2021
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    Madisshya S Punj

    Amazing Workshop

    It was really a fun course got back to my roots of film editing which got lost in covid 19, the reality which got lost of software on which I used to have a stable handle are now much more understood and way easier to use, it expanded my horizon of editing and showed me many more ways to make cuts and drafts.

    15 July, 2021
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