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“Conversations on Moving Image” series

Theory of Film Editing Workshop
Open to filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. No prior editing experience necessary.

Do you know who edited your favorite films? Probably not, because editors are rarely famous. Editing is also often difficult for audiences to comment on, even if the audience members are filmmakers themselves. Often called cinema’s “invisible art”, editing is a subtle, psychological craft that requires patience and nuance. The theories behind how cutting works are often linked to how human beings’ brains process information, and editing is all about manipulating your audience into experiencing an emotion or becoming curious about a character.
In this session you will learn some techniques editors use to shape a film, manipulate an audience, and tell the film’s story in a compelling way. If you’re a filmmaker, you can apply these theories to your own work, and if you’re a film buff, knowing how to see the editing can add a new level of enjoyment and understanding to the experience of watching a film.

Anastasia Shepherd is a film editor, colorist and film educator. Originally from NYC, she went to film school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and afterwards began pursuing a career in filmmaking. She freelanced as a DP and editor on fiction and nonfiction films, and also worked in short-form documentary production for KCET Los Angeles Public Television and KQED San Francisco Public Television.
She taught filmmaking, editing and color grading in at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, European Film College in Denmark and in the kingdom of Cambodia, where she also worked on many Cambodian features, short films and commercials. Anastasia recently led a color grading workshop at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies.