Avid Assistant Editing Workshop

OCT 9 – Nov 27 

Led by Assistant Editor Justin Rosen, this 6 session course will cover the fundamental skills and responsibilities needed to work as an AVID Assistant Editor and provide a uniquely creative rough cut editing experience working with Director Mary Stuart Masterson.

Online & In Person (The Art Effect/Poughkeepsie, NY)

*Workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Registration Fee:
$600 $425 Special Offer!

Full and partial scholarships are available to attend this workshop.


Important Dates

Sept 25: Application Deadline – 5pm

Sept 26 – 30: Committee application review | Interviews with finalists

Sept 30: Acceptance announcements

Oct 7: Workshop registration fee due

Oct 9: Workshop begins!


This workshop will provide trainees with:

Assistant editing fundamentals:

    • Project workflows
    • Ingesting, transcoding, syncing
    • Project setup and organization
    • Working with sound and music
    • Basic VFX and titles
    • Outputs
    • Scheduling, logs, etc.
    • How to work with an editor including editing room protocol and politics

Editing processes and principles:

    • Creative approach
    • Assembly through rough cut editing
    • Receiving and implementing feedback
    • How to work with an editor
    • An understanding of departmental roles and operations
    • Group and one on one instruction

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Some advance preparation work will be required before the start of the workshop. Assignments will be given to trainees in between workshops. One on one sessions may be scheduled outside regular class times during evenings and weekends.

All trainees will be provided with an AVID Media Composer seat and a LaCie USB 3.0 drive with footage to be used in the workshop.

Pre-requisites: . Basic understanding of AVID Media Composer or thorough understanding of other editing platforms like Adobe Premiere combined with the ability to take online AVID tutorials before the start of the workshop. Stockade Works will provide online resources.

Technology requirements: Use of a computer for the duration of the workshop that meets the following system requirements:

AVID Media Composer

LaCie USB 3.0 Drive

This workshop is open to all community members, and is specifically seeking candidates from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, and those historically excluded from the film industry.



Session 1, Sunday, October 9: 2pm-4pm – Overview of workshop along with sample project. Virtual

Session 2, Sunday, October 16: 4pm-7pm – Workflow. Everything from dailies, receiving footage, to script syncing and prepping bins for your editor. In Person

Session 3, Sunday, October 23: 3pm-6pm – Director/Editor meeting. Students will begin to edit their scenes. Virtual

Session 4: Sunday, October 30: 3pm-6pm – VFX workflow and assisting during directors cut.  Temp comps and tracking. Virtual

Session 5: Sunday, November 6:  10am-1:30pm – Turnovers overview, how different departments work together and how to send exports to different departments. Virtual

Session 6: Sunday, November 27: 3pm-6pm – Final post/presentations. In Person                                                                                  


Justin Rosen – Assistant Editor/Lead Instructor

Justin Rosen studied Cinema Studies at Purchase College and graduated in 2014.  He has since gone on to work as an assistant editor on both feature films and episodic material.  Some of his credits include Waves and Passing.  Most recently he worked with Sean Albertson on a to be released feature called The Curse of Bridge Hollow.  When not working he enjoys video games and customizing PCs.

Midnight Piper Forman – Assistant Editor/Instructor

Midnight Forman is a trans-disciplinary queer filmmaker, professional film editor and visual artist known for their creative contributions to anti-displacement movements and for boundary-pushing, collective public art projects. They have a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Film and Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where they were awarded a Les Blank Foundation grant to direct ‘In the Shell of the Old’, a documentary exploration of the social history of haunting at LA’s abandoned Lincoln Heights Jail.

Mary Stuart Masterson – Director/Guest Instructor

After a hiatus to “produce” her family, Mary Stuart moved to New York’s Hudson Valley and founded Stockade Works, 501(c)(3) a local crew training and mentorship program, and Upriver Studios, a woman-led sustainable production facility opening in 2020. She is also Co-Founder and Resident Director of Storyhorse Documentary Theater Project.

In 2019, she, Alexandra Brodsky and Cassandra Del Viscio founded Quality Pictures, a Hudson Valley-based productions company to create quality entertainment for social impact amplifying diverse voices and innovating production practices to create positive work-life balance.

Sean Albertson – A.C.E. Motion Picture Editor/Guest Instructor

Sean grew up in the arts, and the entertainment industry in New York; his father a musician, chef, and film editor. His mother was a Production Manager and Assistant Director. Sean’s start in entertainment was as a young child, acting and playing music. He was involved in plays and small roles in television and feature films, where he got to be an extra in the academy award winning film, KRAMER VS. KRAMER. Musically, Sean was drawn to percussion and singing. He played with several bands in both capacities. Later, these talents were transmuted into the art and craft of film editing. An ever evolving student of the art of story telling, Sean’s passions and talents have led him to writing and producing as well, with a keen eye toward directing. Now he has 30 years of filmmaking experience with more than 70 credits across a vast array of material, including Television movies, series, Feature Films, award winning mobile content, and more. Some credits include films such as WARRIOR, ROCKY BALBOA, RAMBO IV, TRUTH OR DARE, & AMERICAN UNDERDOG. He has edited series such as, COLD CASE, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY.


Blake Gingerich – VFX Editor/Guest Instructor

Blake is an Emmy-winning editor, with credits including “Billions,” “The Daily Show,” & “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” along with many other scripted & unscripted projects for MTV, ESPN, Cartoon Network, & others.  More recently, he has transitioned into VFX editing for feature films.