Cutting Like a Pro with Colin Goudie & Nicolas Chaudeurge Syllabus



Day 1 – Colin Goudie


PART 1 -Editing on location and in the office.
  • The kit used on location and why?
  • The full edit kit in the office and why?
  • What to name your edit and why?
  • Ways of setting up your timeline.
  • Using colour tags to find edits and shots.


PART 2 -Colin’s career path.


  • From Assistant to Dubbing Editor to Film Editor.
  • Lessons learned to help career progression.


PART 3 -Setting out as a Freelance Film Editor.


  • How to establish yourself as a freelancer.
  • The move from TV films, to independent feature films (Monsters), to studio blockbuster films, (Rogue One).
  • What are the differences in the above, artistically, physically, and mentally?


PART 4 -Case Studies in Editing.


  • Attila the Hun
  • C.S Lewis, Beyond Narnia.
  • Discussion of the different narrative styles in “Drama Documentaries” and “Drama’.
  • Discussion of the different styles of both Documentary and Drama genres, and the approach taken.
  • How the editor influences the overall story.


PART 5 -The Advantages of Digital and Film.


  • At editing stage.
  • And production stage.


PART 6 -Case Studies in Editing (continued).


  • Monsters
  • Showing a scene from early in the film and discussion of the thought process that went into making the cuts and trims in the final version.
  • The increasing use of scheduled pick-ups and the role that the editor plays in that process.
  • Rogue One
  • The editor’s expanding role before shooting begins.
  • How to be involved in the production.
  • The difference between a “mood reel,” “story reel,” “Pre Viz,” and “Post Viz”.
  • The changes in the technical aspect of editing in the past 35 years and the things that are still useful from before.
  • The input of Music Editors, Composers, Assistant Editors, and VFX Editors and what to do when you don’t have them.
  • Fynk
  • Collaboration and collaborators.
  • Welcome to Romford
  • Teamwork and Technology.


PART 7 -Movies that have test screenings and those that don’t.


  • Why and does it matter?


PART 8 -What is a “Method Editor”?


  • Hired hand vs. Auteur.
  • Case study – Alan Moore’s Showpieces.
  • Content before style, unless the style is your content.


PART 9 -Case Studies in Editing (continued).


  • Lusitania
  • Working with VFX teams and how you can help them.
PART 10 -Dubbing Editors, Sound Mixers, and the contributions they make.




PART 11 -The Future.


  • What software you need in your skill-set and why.



Day 2 – Nicolas Chaudeurge




Part 1 – Live demonstration of Nic’s editing technique
  • Nicolas will present a live demonstration of his editing technique, using Avid.


Part 2 – Building “Still Alice” (Practical study with Avid)
  • How to read a script.
  • Watching and selecting the rushes – no escape.
  • Pick ups and the responsibility of the editors during the shoot.
  • The do’s and don’t’s of assembling.
  • The assistant as your best ally – know how to organise a project.
  • How to watch assembly – keep away from windows.
  • Bondage and changing cuts – it’s a process.
  • How to deal with producers and financiers.
  • Test screenings and how to learn from the audience.
  • Music – from temp to score.
  • Sound – how far to go with temp sound and the role of the editor in sound post.
  • VFX, Online, and the role of the editor during grade and picture finish.