NFTS Scotland: Fixed Rig Editing

Short course


This course is a one week practical workshop teaching how to edit a scene from a documentary multi-camera rig show, using the rushes from a Channel 4 series. The workshop is designed as both a drama editing exercise and a documentary exercise, and is useful both for documentary makers and drama directors. 

The course is aimed at experienced editors who are familiar with using Avid, but looking for experience on the very different kind of filmmaking that rig shows demand. It is also useful for directors provided they have Avid editing skills.

This workshop covers:

  • what a rig show is
  • how to watch and log rig rushes
  • what to look for in starting to shape a scene
  • choosing the angles to best dramatic effect
  • adding music
  • crafting the material into a dramatic scene

The course is led by Christopher Bird, an award-winning film editor, who works for all the major UK broadcasters on music documentaries, observational documentaries, rig shows, and BBC comedy series. He did a directing internship on a Sir Richard Attenborough film, then worked as editor and co-director to Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Brownlow.  He has also edited two feature films, and directed five documentaries. Credits include several episodes of 24 Hours in Police Custody (C4), Ambulance (BBC1, lead editor on two series), Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (BBC1 – winner of Emmy and Rose d’Or for Best Arts Programme), and Brian Pern: The Life of Rock (BBC2 and 4).

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £790
Corporate Rate: £1290

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


The NFTS Scotland bursary fund is currently closed for this course and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding to support the cost of this course if required. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please allow yourself enough time to secure funding when considering your application.



How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.