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Editshots: Girl in Black


Learn – or teach – about film storytelling before you pick up a camera, by editing this short film on your iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC. You can get it here.

What is Editshots?

It’s a short film I made especially to teach the essentials of film storytelling. You can choose from 55 different video clips to make your own version of the movie.

This Editshots film has been used in hundreds of schools and training sessions around the world to help adults, young people and educators to understand filmmaking.

What you will learn

Editshots includes a 36-page guide that takes you step by step through editing the film. You’ll learn about when to use different kinds of shots; how to set up shots that will work together; where to put the camera; how to use camera movement; using the lens; and how to edit so the action seems to flow.

About the film

A young man is standing on some rocks. He gets a text message that says “I’m coming”. He looks around but can’t see anything. Behind him a girl in black appears. She slowly walks towards him…

You can watch the whole action in a single take, then create your own opening sequence from different clips. You can work it out how to edit the movie yourself, or follow the step-by-step PDF guide.

For film educators

Each clip is labelled with a technical description, and the booklet explains shot size, camera position and movement, editing on the action, wide angle and telephoto shots, shot-reverse shot, the 180 degree rule and more.

You can try out the resource for free by downloading the individual version, and then buy an education licence if you decide to use it in your teaching.

The clips have been tested in standard editing software (iMovie on iPhone, iPad and Mac, Final Cut Pro X, and Adobe Premiere Pro).

What’s in the package

The downloadable package includes

  • 55 editable video clips
  • 3 clips with additional audio
  • a video showing the complete action in a single shot
  • PDF user guide
  • a 36-page, iPad-friendly PDF that takes you step by step through editing the movie.

Editshots editable video clips
55 different video clips tell a simple story, but with different shot sizes, camera positions, lenses, and movement

Children using the original black and white version of the Girl in Black clips on an editing workshop.

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In this remastered colour version, each clip is numbered and has a caption showing what kind of shot it is

A 36-page PDF takes you step-by-step through the editing process, explaining filmmaking principles

How to get Editshots: Girl in Black

You can get Editshots by secure download from Gumroad. It’s pay what you want for personal use, or $39.99 (£32+VAT) for an education licence.

  • One education licence allows you to install Editshots on all devices at a single school or other education institution site.
  • It also allows an individual trainer  to install it on the devices they use on their own training sessions.

Bulk discounts are available for education authorities, school districts or multi-site education institutions – please contact me for details.

NB You’ll need to download Editshots: Girl in Black to a Mac or PC before installing it on an iPad or iPhone. 

UK schools

We can accept official orders from UK schools and education institutions who can’t buy online, or who want a physical copy of the resource. We’ll send you the resource on USB stick. Please send an official order for £40 (includes school site licence and postage) to Learnaboutfilm Ltd, 47 Cornerswell Road, Penarth CF64 2UX. You can also send the order as a PDF attachment to

What people said about the Editsense DVD-ROM

“An excellent resource … highly engaging”.
Martin Cairns, Media Education Journal

“Vital … would recommend it to every media or English department”
Jack Kenny, Agent for Change

“Media language in all its elements comes to life. Suddenly they can see how a shot filmed from a different angle with a different sound track makes all the difference.”
Deborah Snow, Point of View

“A great classroom resource for anyone teaching A-Level Media Studies or BTECs in Media Production…” **** Amazon reviewer