NFTS Leeds: Edit Producing (Online)

Short course


2 day course delivered over Zoom in partnership with NFTS Scotland and NFTS Leeds

The role of the Edit Producer is increasingly central to factual and factual entertainment shows but training for this pivotal role is all too rare. This 2 day course is designed to address that gap and covers all the key aspects of the job through a series of engaging, interactive sessions, delivered by edit veteran Ian Durham. It’s aimed at those who are new to the role or those with limited experience who want to hone their skills.

What the course will cover: 

  • PREPARING TO LAUNCH: Everything an Edit Producer needs to do before they step into the edit. Establishing lines of communication; mastering mountains of material; paper edit vs rough hack. 
  • HOW TO BECOME A PRE-TITLE NINJA: Pre-titles are your programme’s market stall, setting out your tempting wares for the remote-flicking public. But just as importantly, they can help you work out the story you are about to tell and the tone in which it’ll be told. Get this right at the beginning of the edit and you’re set for a much smoother ride. 
  • LAST NIGHT A POST-IT SAVED MY LIFE: Deconstructing the infuriatingly difficult art of simple and effective storytelling. 
  • KILLER COMM: Writing good comm is an art form in itself but with patience and practice and the right tools you can master subtly writing your way in, out and through any narrative situation. 
  • HOW TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE: Commissioners, Execs, Production Managers, Editors – they’ll all come to you wanting answers. Here’s a guide to what to expect from them, what you wouldn’t expect but should expect to expect anyway, and how to navigate your way through it all.
  • ALL THE FIDDLY STUFF AT THE END THAT YOU ALSO NEED TO KNOW: Picture lock, sign off and online. Compliance, clearances, and copyright. Production Managers and paperwork. 

About the tutor: Ian Durham has more than twenty years’ experience of working on factual content as an Edit Producer, Editor and Executive Producer. He devised the BBC Three format Young Welsh and Pretty Minted, the fifth series of which aired in Spring 2021. He's got over 150 production credits and his most recent include Gareth Thomas: HIV & Me, Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up To Infertility and Kate Humble: Off The Beaten Track. He is currently edit producing a documentary for Channel 4 to be broadcast in 2022.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £325
Corporate Rate: £650

How to apply

Application deadline: Coming Soon

This course is not currently open for applications. To be advised of future dates, please contact NFTS Leeds.