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Craft of Documentary: Editing Masterclass

Make sure your editing skills are up to scratch and learn the tips and tricks from some of the UK’s best documentary practitioners as they discuss their work, style and practice in the first of three documentary masterclasses by DocHouse.

“Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does” – Walter Murch 

On Saturday 6 October at Rich Mix Cinema in Bethnal Green, DocHouse is presenting a day packed full with masterclasses by leading documentary editors, discussing their work, experience, approach and processes.

Here’s what you can expect:

10am: DAVID CHARAP Much acclaimed editor David Charap has worked across documentary and fiction genres.  He has edited many Marc Isaacs documentaries and recently completed his The Road: A Story of Life and Death, which is due to premiere at this year’s London Film Festival. He edited In the Land of the Free… directed by Vadim Jean and also fiction films from  Pawel Pawlikowski’s Last Resort and My Summer of Love to Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea. He brings a unique approach to editing documentary having successfully moved between fiction and documentary during his extensive and varied career.

12pm: CLAIRE FERGUSON Claire has edited many award-winning documentaries and has worked with directors across very varied backgrounds, from Nick Broomfield’s Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (best documentary, Tribeca 2003) to first time director Adam Wakeling’s Up In Smoke (2011) and Concert for George, which took home the Grammy for best music documentary in 2005. In 2009 Claire edited The End Of The Line (Rupert Murray) and then Guilty Pleasures (Julie Moggan).

3pm: OLLIE HUDDLESTON & KIM LONGINOTTO Editor Ollie Huddleston will be joined in conversation by director Kim Longinotto. Perhaps the most renowned partnership in observational documentary filmmaking, the two first worked together in 2001on Runaway. Since then they have worked on six films together, including Sisters in Law (2005), Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (2007), Rough Aunties (2008) and Pink Saris (2010). Ollie has also worked with many documentarists including Sean McAllistair, Joe Bullman and  Simon Chambers, however in this session Ollie and Kim will discuss their working method together and show clips from their latest work in progress.

DocHouse is charging £40 for the day or, if you also like to attend DocHouse’s other upcoming classes, on camera (24 November) and sound (19 January), the cost for the whole package is brought back to £100.

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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