The Art of the Cut

Enter the editing room—where great films are either made or broken through the post-production process.
The Art of the Cut will immerse students in both the technical and theoretical aspects of editing footage for film and television. In this course, students will learn to utilize editing software through a series of exercises and projects that will give them first-hand experience with creating works using the industry's editing processes. Students will finish the class with a selection of their own edited works, such as a music video created by cutting together raw industry footage provided by the instructor. During workshops, students will receive and incorporate feedback from the instructor to improve their editing skills and expand their ability to weave narrative through their editing workflow.

Course Structure

             Module 1: Fundamentals of Editing
                 Module 2: Advanced Editing Tools & Techniques
                    Module 3: Intro to VFX
  • Mixed format: pre-recorded lectures crafted by experts & live workshop component meeting weekly over Zoom.
  • Students who take three consecutive modules in one creative discipline will receive one semester of high school elective credit. 
  • Modules can be taken individually for non-credit. 
  • Prior modules do not need to be taken in order to attend the next module.
Tech Requirements:
  • Desktop PC or Mac
  • Adobe Premiere, minimum 1-month subscription.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 2004 or later.
  • Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU – or AMD Ryzen™ 1000 Series or newer CPU.
  • 2 GB of GPU VRAM (For a list of recommended graphic cards, see Recommended graphics cards for Adobe Premiere Pro.)
  • 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (will not install on removable flash storage)
  • Or equivalent hardware

Workshop Component
Meeting Dates & Times

2-hour live virtual workshop sessions will meet via Zoom each week on Wednesdays @ 4:30PM-6:30PM PST
  • Module 1: October 13 - November 3, 2021
  • Module 2: November 10 - December 8, 2021 (no class on week of Thanksgiving)
  • Module 3: January 12 - February 2, 2022

Final projects for each module are due exactly one week after the last meeting date of respective module at midnight PST.

Meet the Instructor

Bryan Yokomi

Bryan Yokomi is an Emmy-winning filmmaker with more than thirteen years of experience in editing, producing, and directing for the entertainment industry. Currently on staff at FOX Sports as an editor for NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA highlights, Bryan also has experience working on features, shorts, branded content, and documentaries. During his time as the lead editor of Cars.TV, the show won the Outstanding Lifestyle Program Emmy. He also worked on the show FOX on MLB: The Postseason, which won 2 Emmys. Bryan studied at Florida State University where he received a MFA in Film Production & BS in Communication with a Film Study Minor, graduating Magna Cum Laude. A highly skilled director & editor, Bryan also loves the art of collaboration within storytelling.

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