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Editshots: Girl in Black


Learn or teach film language and filmmaking by editing this short film. It works on iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC. The original price was $19.99/£16+VAT but it’s now pay what you want for individual use. You can download it here.

Free editable video clips? What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. If you decide not to pay anything, that’s fine. But if you can afford it, paying what you think is a fair price will help me develop new resources. And if you want to use the resource for teaching or training, you’ll need to pay the full education price.

What is Editshots?

It’s a set of 55 video clips that I shot specially to cover the essential things you need to know about using film to tell a story, before you pick up a camera. This film has been used in hundreds of schools and training sessions around the world to help young people and adults understand the essentials of filmmaking. The clips have been tested in standard editing software (iMovie on iPhone, iPad and Mac, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere).

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 a step-by-step PDF that explains the key principles.

What’s in the package

The 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, covering shot size and selection, camera position and movement, editing on the action, shot-reverse shot, the 180 degree rule and more.

Girl in Black is a remastered, downloadable version of the main film on the Editsense DVD-ROM, which is used by hundreds of schools around the world.

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. The education licence allows you to use it for training, or to install it on multiple devices at a single school or other education institution site.

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