Editing for Film and Video Art

This workshop examines how filmmakers and video artists can use editing to create and clarify the meaning of the content. The participants will consider the basic continuity editing concepts and have time to address their interests. As these editing concepts are relevant for both narrative and experimental films, the course shows examples from a range of films to explore some of the many options filmmakers have at their disposal.

At the beginning of each day, the students will watch videos that illustrate various editing concepts. After the introductory discussion, they will receive an assignment, which puts these ideas to immediate use. Depending on the assignment, the participants will work alone or in small groups to conceive, shoot, and edit their videos. As these ideas and techniques are relevant to all types of film, each assignment will be open enough so that the students can complete them according to their artistic interests, whether as short narratives, abstract experiments, or something in between. At the end of each session, the students will reconvene to watch and talk about the new videos.



This workshop is suitable for video artists, experimental filmmakers, or anyone interested in working with moving images. It focuses on the conceptual basis of editing. There will be no instruction on editing programs, so basic knowledge of a simple smartphone app but no extensive editing experience is required.

Participants can use any video camera (smartphone, DSLR camera, etc.) and any editing software (smartphone app or laptop with an editing program) they feel comfortable with.

Michelle Alperin, born in Los Angeles, California, got her BA in Fine Art from the University of California in 1994 and her MFA in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in 2001. After several artist’s residencies in Berlin, Michelle settled there at the end of 2004. She is currently working with video installation, experimental and narrative film and video, as well as still photography. Since 2017, Michelle has been teaching video art to the first-year fine art students at the Berlin University of the Arts where she also teaches weekly video art courses, participates in group critiques, and gives workshops on various topics, including editing.


Run period:
30.08.2021 – 03.09.2021
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 450

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