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Two-day Documentary Editing Workshop

December 6, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
December 13, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Utah Film Center, 50 W Broadway #1125, Salt Lake City
$50 for members, $150 for nonmembers

7pm – 9 pm

Real Life is messy! Crafting reality into a coherent story can be daunting to say the least.

This two-day workshop will help you create order from chaos and give you strategies for tackling that mountain of footage.

In the first class we’ll cover narrative structures and framing devices that are unique to documentary. We’ll explore creating a point of view and a “voice” whether or not you employ a voice over. We’ll discuss how to capture and keep the attention of your audience, and strategies for organizing your footage so you can start turning that raw material into emotionally potent scenes.

In the second class, we’ll discuss what kind of snags, problems and issues you’re facing on your project. Each student will bring a five minute clip of something they’re working on and we’ll tackle it together. By the end, you’ll have strategies and frameworks that will help you untangle the gnarliest knots you’re facing in your edit.


Matt Black is a documentary filmmaker with over 20 years experience in film and television. He has a masters degree in documentary film from Stanford University. Matt is the editor and co-director of Bright Spark: The Reconciliation of Trevor Southey, which played in theaters along the Wasatch Front in 2022 and will be broadcast nationally on PBS in 2023.

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