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The Cutting Edge
Post-Production Tour
will show exactly what it takes to go from an empty timeline to a high-quality, ready-for-broadcast piece.

By using the full, original source media and project files from some of the most popular recent pieces from the SNL Film Unit, Adam will share numerous techniques, theories and editorial insight into what goes into taking a piece from start to finish while under intense delivery deadlines.

Designed for editors and filmmakers of all stripes, this all-day workshop will show you how to increase your speed and storytelling effectiveness, allowing you to plus whatever piece you need to deliver and add your own unique voice.

From The Team That Brought You:

“This tour should feel less like a class and more like a bunch of editors hanging out at 2AM in an edit suite at Rockefeller Center, talking shop and showing each other cool stuff. But make no mistake: though the atmosphere may be lax, the education will be intense. I can’t wait to start the discussion.”

Adam Epstein


Daytime Making the Cut Workshop

Organization is Key yellow circle

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Staying Organized & Working Clean:

We’ll look at what goes into starting a project from scratch — from the prepping, setting up and maintaining a clean desktop workflow, to managing source media for initial project creation.

We’ll discuss customized workspaces, sequence organization, and smarter ways to move around the project and the timeline, showing why working clean leads to working more effectively.

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Tailoring Your Workflow To Fit The Project At Hand:

By using the extreme example of the one-day post turnarounds at SNL, we’ll show how a well-thought-out, efficient post workflow will help things run smoothly, allowing you to focus on the creative side of the work.

Different cameras with different codecs and framers all require a unique approach and we’ll examine the how to tackle whatever production throws your way.


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Setting Up The Editing Room:

We’ll look at how you can maximize your room at a number of different budget levels and discuss what makes an ideal editing environment, why it’s important to have a workspace that you actively enjoy being in, and ways to make whatever space you’re in the most conducive to collaboration.

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Different Styles Of Editing For Different Projects:

What makes a promo feel like a promo? A commercial feel like a commercial?

We’ll break down some of the tenets of multiple styles of editorial by examining pacing techniques, ways to enhance your work with After Effects and motion graphics, color timing and many more techniques.

By understanding the building blocks that make a style what it is, we’ll learn how to create more professional feeling pieces.

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There’s more to a convincing green/bluescreen key than just dropping on a preset effect.

We’ll look at some of the techniques that make keying and compositing more convincing and realistic, such as light wrapping, color-matching and depth of field. We’ll do this using examples I’ve worked on at SNL as well as doing a live green screen shoot and edit in class so you can see exactly how it is done.

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What happens after you’ve got the look:

From starting with your own voice to the final audio polish, well thought out sound design is one of the most effective ways to plus a project. 

From sound effects to better audio track layouts, learning how to skillfully manipulate audio editing adds a hidden layer of awesome. 

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Taking A Recent, Noteworthy Piece From The SNL Film Unit:

We’ll blast through the entire process — showing how I went from loading the footage, to delivering to air — and every stop along the way, full of lessons you can apply to enhance your own tight-timeline projects.

Think of this as the realtime time-lapse full. Yes, that’s an oxymoron, but so it goes!

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Taking Your Work To Another Level:

We’ll look at the uses of helpful plugins and add-ons, gfx packages and sound libraries that I’ve found useful to help get the job done and take your work to another level.

Having a strong catalogue of the right tools for the job lets you be more flexible and dynamic no matter what the project is.

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What It Means To Be An Editor Today:

In a world where digital tools allow individuals to take on more areas of filmmaking than ever before, what do people expect an editor to bring to the table?

How does one navigate a new digital filmmaking landscape where clients often expect you to be a picture editor, sound designer, color corrector, and motion graphic artist? 

Evening A Cut Above Seminar

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How To Bring Value To A Project By Thinking About More Than The Actual Edit.

How do you read a script or a brief and get ahead of the game — visualizing what you might do before the footage is even shot.

What added value and perspective can you bring to a project outside of being the person pressing the buttons? We’ll show how the best editors are consistently adding another level to the footage they’re presented with.

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We’ll Examine Scenes From Films, Commercials And Other Sources That I’ve Found Inspirational.

By breaking down scenes from both classic and modern sources, we’ll examine techniques such as how and why to cut on motion, the importance of eyes and eyelines, the fun of the surprise cut, and numerous other lessons learned from master filmmakers.

Communication, Collaboration,
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The Interpersonal Side Of Editorial And Why It’s Important.

While technical knowledge is of course necessary to be a successful editor, we’ll look at the more nuanced, collaborative side of the business and show the ideal progression one has to take to go from being technically adept to a full-fledged pro that people want to continue to work with.

How does your technical knowledge eventually let you find and express your own unique voice? How do you deal with ego and ideas coming from numerous collaborators? We’ll show why open communication and trust is the key to getting the best potential outcome on whatever it is you’re working on.

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Tips, Tricks & Teamwork

Directors, DP’s and Producers: If you’re a filmmaker who will never edit in your life, you’ll love this section. We’ll explore things that drive editors insane, and give tips that will make your editor’s job easier.

Knowing how editors think and work will help you out in the long run. And editors : you will learn how to better collaborate with your image-taking partners.