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Avid Assistant Editing Rough Cut Lab

OCT 27 – NOV 24 2020

Led by acclaimed Editor Sabine Hoffman, ACE 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 (Zoom) Workshop is limited to 5 participants.

Registration Fee:
$600 $425 Special Offer!

Full and partial scholarships are available to attend this workshop.

Important Dates

Oct 13: Application Deadline – 10pm

Oct 14 – 16: Committee application review | Interviews with finalists

Oct 19 – 20: Acceptance announcements

Oct 23: Workshop registration fee due

Oct 27: 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
    • Post workshop mentorship provided by Stockade Works

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Workshop is limited to 5 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 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, and those traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.



10/27 6PM – 8PM Session 1: Project/Creative Overview

10/29 6PM – 8PM Session 2: Workflow/Technical Skills

TBD    Project Setup One on One’s with Assistant Editor (if needed)

11/4 6PM – 8PM  Session 3: Editing Concepts & Rough Cut  Editing

11/10 6PM – 8PM   Session 4: Group Rough Cut Review & Revisions

11/17 6PM – 8PM Session 5: One on One’s with Director (times subject to change)

11/24 6PM – 8PM Session 6: Final Screenings & Getting Read for Final Post



Sabine Hoffman – Editor/Instructor

Sabine Hoffman, ACE began her journey as a film editor in Berlin, studying art, philosophy and film history. In the United States, she has edited numerous award-winning feature films for the past 20 years, including Rebecca Miller’s films PERSONAL VELOCITY, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE (starring Daniel Day Lewis), THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE (Robin Wright, Keanu Reeves) and MAGGIE’S PLAN (Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke), Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut STORY OF A GIRL, Richard LaGravenese’s musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Anna Kendrick), ELVIS AND NIXON (Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey) and Jesse Peretz’ JULIET NAKED (Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke). Sabine has also edited several documentary films including Academy Award nominated FERRY TALES. Most recently, she completed Julie Taymor’s upcoming THE GLORIAS (Julianne Moore, Alicia Vicander) and Rebecca Hall’s PASSING (Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga). Sabine is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and serves as a consultant and mentor to filmmaking organizations such as the IFP, Firelight Media, Reel Works, Tribeca Film and the Sundance Institute.

Justin Rosen – Assistant Editor/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 Brittney Runs A Marathon.  Most recently he worked with Sabine Hoffman on a to be released feature called Passing.  When not working he enjoys video games and customizing PCs.


Mary Stuart Masterson – Director/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.