Mastering the Edit with Brian Kates, ACE

Brian Kates, ACE, has mastered pacing, timing, and storytelling and is editor for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Shortbus, and Lee Daniels' The Butler.  Brian won two Emmy's - one for his work on the pilot for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the other for his work on Ross Katz's Taking Chance.

In this series, Brian will focus on techniques, ideas, and working with others to help you master editing.

The class covers:

Chapter 1 - The Beginning

  • Meet Your Instructor (2:45)
  • Before the Editing Begins (8:02)
  • The Editor and The Script (1:44)
  • Working with Others (4:33)
  • Communication with the Director (2:01)
  • Understanding the Director's Vision (4:09)
  • Initial Discussions with the Director (2:26)

Chapter 2 - The Edit Begins

  • The Editing Process Begins (11:44)
  • Assessing the Rushes (1:31)
  • Finding the Moment (7:32)
  • Screenings (2:38)

Chapter 3 - The Nitty Gritty

  • Character Development in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (9:33)
  • Character Development in The Woodsman (13:11)
  • Subtle Shot Choices (3:19)
  • Scripted Vs. Doing It In Post (7:38)
  • Tone (8:59)
  • Finding the Structure (15:13)

Chapter 4 - The Editor and Music

  • Music Choices (4:59)
  • Working with Music (3:40)
  • Temp Love (1:55)
  • Editing Multicam Music Sequences (8:59)
  • Equipment Set Up (2:27)

Chapter 5 - Over the Editor's Shoulder

  • Editing a Scene Part 1 (32:20)
  • Editing a Scene Part 2 (26:11)

Chapter 6 - Working the Footage

  • Controlling Tension (10:25)
  • Creating Empathy for the Character (7:32)
  • Patterns and Editing (2:56)

Chapter 7 - The Editor and VFX

  • Dealing with VFX (8:26)
  • Managing Expectations (1:54)

Chapter 8 - Fixes, Changes, and Notes

  • Directing Pick Ups (2:18)
  • When the Story Isn't Working (3:28)
  • Fixes (4:23)
  • Dealing with Notes (4:35)
  • Letting Go (2:06)

Chapter 9 - In The End

  • Wrapping Up (1:32)

Appendix A - The Cutting Room Floor

  • See What's Been Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Appendix B - Extras

  • From Fade Up to Fade Down Podcast
  • Editing Glossary
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