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):
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The courses listed below are currently in development: