Curriculum Roadmap

Learn about the courses and lessons offered by EditMentor.

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Written by Misha Tenenbaum
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Our curriculum roadmap outlines the courses we've published and links to our teacher guides and resources.

Courses Within EditMentor (click a link to jump to that section):

To learn more about each course and to see the different topics and keywords covered within each lesson, check out our

Getting Started

One lesson, ten challenges, and 30 minutes to complete. Beginner level.

New to EditMentor? This is the best place to start! Get a quick overview of the Editing Interface, Challenge Types, and more with our Getting Started Lesson.

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Getting Started

This lesson will introduce you to the EditMentor interface and interactive tools used to teach the art of video storytelling. Professional editing software also uses many of these same features and tools.

Eight lessons, 100 challenges, and 6+ hours to complete. Beginner to Intermediate level.

Professional reporters are essential to a free society, which is why Journalism is known as the Fourth Estate. EditMentor's Broadcast Journalism course introduces you to the principles of producing news content. In this course, you'll learn how to identify newsworthy stories and understand how to capture viewers' attention using professional interview techniques, engaging b-roll, purposeful stand-ups, and a concise reporter's track to tie it all together in the edit.

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BJB 01 - Elements of a News Package

Explore the key elements of a news package that reporters utilize to build informative and engaging news stories.

BJB 02 - Conducting the Interview

Identify strong interview formats, active listening, and questions a reporter should ask to get great answers.

BJB 03 - Recording the Interview

Understand essential production workflows for interviews, such as shot composition, audio, location selection, and interviewee's wardrobe.

BJB 04 - B-Roll: The Visual Story

Examine and select effective b-roll footage to visually enhance the news package.

BJB 05 - Reporter Standup

Learn how reporters use standups in their stories and the proper techniques to prepare, stage, and record your own.

BJB 06 - Selecting Sound Bites

Review, select and edit the best interview sound bites to effectively tell your story.

BJB 07 - The Reporter's Track

Comprehend the reporter’s track writing process by clarifying and summarizing relevant information, developing creative transitions, and recording high-quality audio.

BJB 08 - Building the Story 01

Build a news package by selecting relevant b-roll, removing unnecessary information, and tightening the edit.

BJB 09 - Building the Story 02

Apply editing techniques to the audio and visuals to ensure the final news package is informative and engaging.

The Art of Filmmaking - Basics

Five lessons, 55 challenges, and 5+ hours to complete. Beginner level.

In our Basic course, you'll learn the essential terminology used on a film production while developing insight to create a powerful visual film using various shot types and seamless editing techniques. This course's step-by-step lessons and demonstrations make this an approachable tool for anyone starting their filmmaking journey to professionals looking to brush up on their creative skills.

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AFB 01 - Production Terms

Recognize important production terms, concepts, and workflows used on a film set.

AFB 02 - Shot Coverage 01

Identify basic camera shots recorded during production and how various shot types convey story information to the audience.

AFB 03 - Shot Coverage 02

Identify various shot types and understand how camera placement, angles, and dynamic movement impact a film's visual story.

AFB 04 - Ripple Trim

Apply the Basic and Ripple Trim tools to tighten, extend, and refine editing challenges to enhance a film's story.

AFB 05 - Rolling Trim

Apply the Rolling Trim tool to refine edits further, using audio and video to enhance a film's story

The Art of Filmmaking - Intermediate

Eight lessons, 150 challenges, and 12+ hours to complete. Beginner to Intermediate level.

In our Intermediate course, you’ll learn the various stages of post-production, how to structure strong stories, the rules of continuity, and more. The step-by-step lessons and demonstrations within this course make this an approachable tool for anyone starting their filmmaking journey to professionals looking to brush up on their creative skills.

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AFM 01 - Story Structure

Examine narrative story structure using the Three-Act Structure to analyze the format within a short film.

AFM 02 - Assembly Cut

Explore building a story in the edit by examining shot information, reviewing dailies, and assembling the first cut of a film.

AFM 03 - Rough Cut

Practice shaping each scene during the rough cut stage of an edit, focusing on how each cut impacts the audience.

AFM 04 - Scene Perspective

Create edits focusing on the protagonist's perspective to ensure an audience is engaged and emotionally invested in the main character.

AFM 05 - Continuity 01: The Motivated Cut

Explore the “Rules of Continuity,” focusing on what can motivate a cut.

AFM 06 - Continuity 02: 180-Degree Rule

Analyze the 180-degree rule, screen direction, and the line of action to ensure the audience can suspend disbelief and engage in the film’s story.

AFM 07 - Continuity 03: Discontinuity

Understand the concept of Discontinuity and how breaking the Rules of Continuity can sometimes benefit a film’s story.

AFM 08 - Fine Cut

Scrutinize shots, scenes, lines of dialogue, and more to ensure the Fine Cut tells an engaging story before locking picture.

Thirteen lessons, 150 challenges, and 14+ hours to complete. Advanced level.

The award-winning editor of HBO's Deadwood, Stephen Mark, A.C.E., teaches dramatic film editing and storytelling. You'll learn to identify key story moments, build intrigue, and create empathetic characters during more than two hours of instructional videos and hands-on challenges.

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SM 01 - What Makes a Story

Understand what makes a film story and how to bring this knowledge into an editing bay.

SM 02 - Reading the Script

Examine a narrative script as an editor to gain insight into the essential story information to enhance each and every cut.

SM 03 - Understanding Lined Scripts

Study professional production paperwork and understand how to use it to prepare for the editing process.

SM 04 - Watching and Responding to Footage

Watch dailies focusing on different shot coverage and performances, noting what stands out and where key moments happen.

SM 05 - Analyzing Moment to Moment 01

Thoroughly analyze footage, moment by moment within a scene, to begin building a sequence.

SM 06 - Analyzing Moment to Moment 02

Continue analyzing and selecting footage that best fits the story, moment by moment.

SM 07 - Revising a Scene

Revise an edit by modifying the rhythm, adjusting continuity, and enhancing actors' performances.

SM 08 - Editing a Montage

Create a selects reel, recognize personal association with footage, and adjust shot order to edit a transitional montage.

SM 09 - Editor's Cut 01

Adjust and trim several scenes, focusing on the small changes that tighten up an overall film.

SM 10 - Parallel Action

Build suspense by combining two scenes using Parallel Action while ensuring clarity for the audience.

SM 11 - Editor's Cut 02

Continue to tighten the edit, making minor changes to enhance the story before presenting the cut to the Director.

SM 12 - Revising with Collaboration

Break down Director notes, then implement them into the cut to better understand the collaborative process during the editing stage.

SM 13 - Student Feedback

Watch two student cuts of the same film, Authentic, then evaluate what works and needs improvement for each version.

Six lessons, 50 challenges, and 5+ hours to complete. Beginner level.

The YouTube Kickstarter is an interactive workshop teaching YouTube content creation. Learn to craft videos that hook an audience and keep them watching through intentional storytelling that sets stakes, provides value, conveys passion, and ultimately builds a community. In collaboration with Sven Pape, ACE, is an award-nominated editor, filmmaker, educator, and successful YouTuber with multiple channels, including the hit channels, This Guy Edits, and This Guy's Tesla.

YT 01 - Dissecting Good vs. Bad YouTube Videos

Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Sven’s earlier Youtube videos to the more recent ones and see how his skills evolved to create better content.

YT 02 - Building the Host's Voice

Create the host track by writing a script, recording yourself, building the host stringout, and engaging with the audience.

YT 03 - Creating the Hook

Understand various ways to grab an audience's attention using powerful and emotional narrative hooks.

YT 04 - Maintaining Audience Engagement

Build sequences that keep an audience stimulated by embracing the power of visual aids like b-roll, jump cuts, and dynamic shifts.

YT 05 - Designing Next Level Sound

Practice different approaches to sound design to make a video "feel real," bringing life to your project by taking it to the next level.

YT 06 - Formulating a Compelling Story

Explore how different types of narrative chains can keep an audience engaged from beginning to end.

In Development

The courses listed below are currently in development:

  • TBA

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