Editshots: editable movie for learning or teaching filmmaking

Editshots iMovie

Editshots is a short film sequence which lets you learn the basics of film storytelling before you pick up a camera. It’s made specifically for teaching filmmaking.

You can edit the 55 video clips in any standard editing program on Mac, PC or iPad.  There’s a step-by-step PDF guide which covers the essentials of film language, and an online tutorial video to get you started.

Individuals can use it for their own learning, and media and film teachers can use it to give their students a practical introduction to film language. The Editshots film has been used in hundreds of schools and training sessions around the world.

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The clips work in standard video editing programs including iMovie, Final Cut Pro X, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Users say:

“A great learning tool for film work”

“Clear, concise and easy to follow, especially for a complete beginner”

“I easily carried over the principles in my own experimental short”

Watch the video


The story

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 on your own, or follow the step-by-step PDF guide or the tutorial video.

The PDF guide 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.

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 extreme long shot
  • a 36-page, iPad-friendly PDF user guide that takes you step by step through editing the movie.

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

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55 different video clips tell a simple story, but with different shot sizes, camera positions, lenses, and movement. Every clip is numbered and has a caption describing what kind of shot it is.

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

Education users

  • 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.
  • Education users can request a free evaluation copy before purchase.
  • Bulk discounts are available for education authorities, school districts or multi-site education institutions.

Please contact me to request an evaluation copy or a bulk discount.

Can’t buy online?

We can accept official orders from UK schools and education institutions who can’t buy online. 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

“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

These quotes are about the Editsense DVD-ROM. Editshots is an enhanced, remastered version of the main film on Editsense.


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