Learn filmmaking by editing a short movie

“Highly recommended. Helps students understand how to film with the edit in mind.”
Kerrie Crescione, Film and Media Tech, UK

Education site license available 

EditClass is a short film you can edit to help you learn or teach video editing and filmmaking.

When you start filmmaking, it’s hard to know how to film shots so they’ll look right together. You can waste a lot of time shooting clips that look OK on their own, but don’t make sense when you put them in sequence.

I made EditClass as a hands-on way to learn about ‘shooting for the edit’. It’s a complete short movie with over 90 clips of movement, action, dialogue and ‘B-roll’. By editing this movie, you’ll learn about what shots look right together, where to put the camera, and how to edit clips so the action seems to flow.

If you use EditClass before you start planning your first movie, you’ll have a much better understanding of what shots you need and how to film them. Concepts like ‘shot reverse shot’, the ‘180 degree rule’ and ‘matching on action’ suddenly make sense when you can try them out for yourself. This movie about the continuity system was made with clips from EditClass.

EditClass includes two scenes: one is action and one is mainly dialogue. You can keep things simple by editing each scene separately, add more challenge with extended sets of clips, or edit the whole movie. You can simplify the task further by working with smaller sets of clips.

You can also use EditClass to learn or teach more advanced editing techniques, like J-cuts and L-cuts (where the sound and picture change at different points), using cutaways, creating a soundtrack, ‘parallel editing’, and manipulating time.

EditClass isn’t just a set of clips: there’s a detailed user guide which covers the editing workflow, editing tips and intermediate techniques; guides to basic editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie for Mac, and iMovie for iPhone/iPad: and a PowerPoint introduction to the continuity system.

You can buy EditClass by secure instant download. The education licence lets you install it on all devices at one site, and to provide it to your students to put on their own devices.

For thumbnails and descriptions of all the clips click here.

Choose from shots filmed from different camera positions and with different lenses, framing and movement.

Explore continuity editing principles like shot reverse shot and the 180 degree rule.

Experiment with different ways of editing a dialogue scene.

Add inserts and B-roll.

What’s included

File types

The files are MP4 video clips, PDFs, and a PowerPoint (.pptx) presentation. No authentication is required to install and use the resources.

Scene 1: action

A man sees a strange building and approaches it. He goes instead and finds a strange object. Something frightens him and he drops it and runs out. The basic version includes 30 video clips and two audio clips (ambience); the extended version includes an extra 30 video clips.

Scene 2: dialogue

The man enters a corridor. A girl approaches him holding out the object he dropped, insisting that he takes it. He goes to ask her what it is – but she’s disappeared. The basic version includes 16 video clips and one audio clip (ambience); the extended version adds another 15 clips.

User guide

The PDF user guide explains how to install and use the clips, and different options for organising and managing them. It includes a visual summary of the story, a step-by-step guide to the editing workflow, and editing tips. Intermediate editing activities cover manipulating time, working with the 180 degree rule, experimenting with dialogue, adding cutaways and split edits, and montage.

Guides to editing techniques

These step-by-step guides cover basic editing techniques with four common editing programs: Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro X, iMovie on Mac and iMovie on iPhone/iPad.

Powerpoint presentation

Continuity screenshot

A 34-slide introduction to the continuity system, covering match on action, the establishing shot, shot-reverse shot, the 180 and 30 degree rules, eyeline match, point of view shots, cross-cutting and diegetic sound. Watch preview video

Other resources

The package also includes the script, thumbnails and descriptions of all the shots, and a planning sheet for creating a soundtrack.

You can buy EditClass by instant download from the secure Gumroad site.

User comments

“A quick and easy way to learn film editing.”
Daniele, Film student, Canada

“Terrific. Allows students to develop their confidence and learn to edit independently.
The shots are simple to use with plenty of variety.”
Alison Smith, Experienced Senior Teacher – Film and Television, Australia

“Amazing! Has everything a teacher could want.”
Tim McGuire, EdTech teacher, USA

Instant download

Education licence

$79  Buy now (secure instant download)

An education licence allows you to install EditClass on all devices at a single education or nonprofit site. You can also share it with your current students to use on their own devices, eg for working at home.

I accept official orders from education institutions. Send your order as an email attachment to tom@learnaboutfilm.com
I’ll send you a secure download link as soon as I receive your order.

You can also request an invoice. Email me with details of who the invoice should be made out to.

Tom Barrance

Tom Barrance I teach all kinds of people to make films. I provide training for businesses, arts organisations, nonprofits and education. I’ve worked on film education projects with Apple Education, the British Film Institute, Film Education, Film: 21st Century Literacy and many more. My publications include Making Movies Make Sense and EditClass