Berlin, Germany

Editing for Film and Video Art

when 19 August 2024 - 23 August 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 480

This workshop examines how filmmakers and video artists can use editing to create and clarify meaning. After watching and discussing clips from a wide range of films, the participants receive quick assignments which put these ideas to immediate use.

This workshop will examine how filmmakers and video artists can use editing to create and clarify meaning. We will consider both abstract approaches and classical continuity editing. As these editing concepts are relevant for both narrative and experimental films, we will watch examples from a wide range of films to explore some of the many options filmmakers have at their disposal.

At the beginning of each day we will watch clips that illustrate specific editing concepts. After the introductory discussion, the workshop participants will receive an assignment which puts these ideas to immediate use. Depending on the assignment, the participants will work alone or in small groups to conceive, shoot and edit their own quick videos. As these ideas and techniques are relevant to all types of film, each assignment will be open enough so that the participants can complete them according to their artistic interests - whether as short narratives, abstract experiments or something in between. At the end of each session, we will reconvene to watch and talk about the new videos.

This workshop is suitable for video artists, experimental filmmakers or anyone interested in working with moving images. The focus of this workshop is on the conceptual basis of editing. There will be no instruction on editing programs, but extensive editing experience is not necessary. Basic familiarity with a simple smart phone app is all that is required.

Course leader

Michelle Alperin (

Target group

Please note: as the emphasis is on developing spontaneous responses to new input, this workshop is not suited to people who would like to edit work-in-progress.

Fee info

EUR 480: EUR 480