Taught by industry film editor John Rosenberg

In Conjunction With ZAPlab-opt

JRosenberg_photo-2-optEditing is storytelling. Throughout the process, from first assembly to final delivery, editors are responsible for fulfilling the film’s potential through a full command of their craft with an aesthetic understanding of story, character, and rhythm.

By examining different editing styles, this workshop covers the elements of storytelling, performance, pace, emotion, action, continuity, and time manipulation. Participants also learn to select the most appropriate editing systems and technology for the available budget and time.

Instruction includes lectures, discussion, viewing exercises, and hands on practice. Students should come to the class with a project they’d like to edit and/or be prepared to shoot a project on Saturday evening to work on during the class.


Location: Sierra Nevada College, Holman Building 2nd floor

Time: Saturday September 20, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm & Sunday September 21, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
There will be 30 minute lunch break each day

Registration: $225

Open to the public.

College Credit: college students can receive 1 elective credit.

  • Full-time SNC students can enroll for credit as part of Fall tuition.
  • Part-time SNC students and community members can take this course for credit for $333 course tuition plus the $225 workshop fee.
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office at shameister@sierranevada.edu or 775-881-7580 for information about enrollment and transfering credit.

Enrollment is limited – Register Now!

Software platform: Adobe Premiere
Students who have a laptop with Adobe Premiere are encouraged to bring their laptops to work on in the class. A limited number of laptops will be available for students who need them.

Required Text: The Healthy Edit by John Rosenberg


About John Rosenberg

For over twenty-five years, John Rosenberg has worked in the motion picture industry as a film editor, producer and production executive for independent studios including LIVE Entertainment (Artisan), where he was in charge of post production for Wes Craven’s Wishmaster, Sidney Lumet’s Critical Care, the Christopher Walken thriller Suicide Kings, and others.

As a film editor, he has worked on over two dozen feature films for such companies as 20th Century Fox, Lorimar, Orion, New Line and Artisan. His feature projects include the Jack Nicholson film Man Trouble, Made in Heaven starring Tim Hutton and Debra Winger, Mac and Me, Below Utopia, Mannequin 2, the Sundance Film Festival hit The Convent, the cult favorite Poison Ivy 3 starring Jaime Pressly, and  Prancer, “one of the top ten classic Christmas films of all time” (MSNBC), starring Sam Elliott and Cloris Leachman.

Along with his feature work, Rosenberg has written and edited a variety of reality-based and documentary projects. He was one of the principal editors for National Geographic’s acclaimed documentary series, Expeditions to the Edge. His recent project More Than the Rainbow, a feature documentary on New York City street photographers, premiered recently at DOC NYC and the SF Indie Fest and is opening in theaters this year. He is currently editing a four part mini-series based on the #1 National Bestseller, The Gift of Fear.

He attended UC Berkeley and then UCLA where he graduated with honors from the film school. At USC he teaches motion picture editing in the School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author of The Healthy Edit, the popular book about modern film editing published by Focal Press (2011), and of the award winning novel Tincture of Time (2012).