This is an exceptional masterclass, guided by reputed Italian editor/director Beppe Leonetti!

Mr. Leonetti works as a professional movie editor since 2004. He has been working on both fiction movies and documentaries, collaborating with directors such as Nanni Moretti, Alfonso Arau, Wolfgang Achtner. In 2011 he edited “Là-Bas. A criminal education”, directed by Guido Lombardi, a feature film which won the Lion of the Future at the 68th Venice Film Festival. He teaches, giving lectures and workshops in Trieste, the city where he lives, and at the University in Rome. Since 2015 he is a board member of Doc/IT, the Association of Italian Documentarists. He is now working on his first feature documentary as a director, Chief White Elk.

Everything that preceeds editing is merely a way of producing a film to edit”: that’s what Stanley Kubrick used to say. But what does that mean?

Advanced Documentary Editing is a 12-hours workshop that tries to answer this question. The participants will learn how to deal with feature-lenght documentaries on the editing side: how to watch the rushes, organize the editing suite, deal with the most common problem an editor has to face, structure a movie without losing control of it. Exemplar sequences will be shown and analyzed, and a brief introduction to Editshare Lightworks, one of the most popular non-linear editing software in the industry, will be given.

Course overview

First session (1st day, 10am-1pm)
I) A brief focus on the documentary production: what happens before the editors steps in? II) Getting inspirations by watching other editor’s job: in-depth analysis of some sequences from exemplar documentaries. How to deal with an interview? And with archive footage? And with reenactment? The analyzed sequences will cover most of the common situation an editor would face.

Second session (1st day, 2pm-5pm)
III) The editor is starting a new project: the software choice – some highlights on the editing suite (the basic commands, how to import clips, create sequences, perform edits and export them).
IV) Some rushes will be distributed to the participants, so that they can experiment what has been discussed.

Third session (2nd day, 10am-1pm)
I) The participants will finalize the sequences they started editing during the Second session, then we will watch them and discuss them together.
II) To edit a movie requires a different effort: how to structure a narrative. The three-act division and how to deal with it. How to introduce characters and the issues of the movie, how to develop them and resolve them. Some examples from the movies the participants should have watched before the starting of the workshop.

Fourth session (2pm-5pm)
III) An efficient workflow when editing a feature-lenght documentary: how to watch rushes, take notes, divide and catalogue rushes, create a cardboard for sequences not to get lost inside the movie. And then: an editor must be a good psychologist: what happens into the editing room? What’s the relationship between an editor and a director? What’s the limit of the editor’s job?

This course is for:

Intermediate (= developer)
The course is an intermediate course. While there’s no need to be expert in cinema, a good knowledge of at least some of the most important documentaries in history could be helpful. No need, however, to have any previous editing experience, although a good knowledge of how an editing system work is again helpful.

Artistic guidance:
Beppe Leonetti

Course dates:
Advanced Documentary Editing masterclass: sat & sun 19/20 nov 2016 (10h-17h)


Advanced Documentary Editing masterclass = 2 days = 12h
Employed and/or financially healthy: 185€
Unemployed and financially insecured // students: 135€

Reduction opportunities:
° 25-100%: for friends, groups or organisations
° 40-100%: for AV & Performing Arts Professionals


ICON-Brussels – Creative District  
Kolonel Bourgstraat – Rue Colonel Bourg 122 – 3th floor !
1140 Brussels

Material required:

Please bring a laptop with the Free-version of Lightworks (Editshare) installed & working. It’s downloadable through their website.

Before the workshop starts participants should have watched the following movies, in order to be better prepared for discussion in class and in-depth analysis.

– Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997)
– The Internet’s own boy (2014)
– The act of killing (2012)

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