The Art Of Trailer Editing by Film Editing Pro


The Art Of Trailer Editing by Film Editing Pro

The Art Of Trailer Editing by Film Editing Pro, Learn trailer-specific editing techniques used only in this unique style of cutting. These are very different from those…

The Art Of Trailer Editing by Film Editing Pro

The Art Of Trailer Editing by Film Editing Pro

What is The Art of Trailer Editing?

An online video training course that will teach you how to edit trailers & promos in all genres – comedy, action, suspense & drama.

Learn trailer-specific editing techniques used only in this unique style of cutting. These are very different from those used in other forms of editing.

40+ 1080p HD tutorials, plus raw HD practice footage with full audio splits and a 950+ piece library of premium trailer sound design & music.

…designed for anyone who needs to:

Promote a film

Drive sales and traffic

Market online content

Announce a product or event

Impress a distributor, studio or client

Step-by-step training

Lessons are designed to teach you real trailer editing skills you can use.


Lesson 1: Welcome to The Art of Trailer Editing

An overview of the course and a bit of information about what you’re going to learn

Lesson 2: How this Course is Organized

A review of the course structure with the various types of lessons, live editing practice and more


Lesson 3: Main Types of Trailers & Promos

Comparing the different kinds of trailers, teasers and promos and understanding the function of each

Lesson 4: Four Challenges of Trailer Editing

Discover why the craft of trailer editing is so different from feature editing

Lesson 5: Key Trailer Editing Tools & Vocab

Learn all the different techniques and terminology frequently used in the trailer world

Lesson 6: Amateur vs Professional Trailers

Compare two trailers from the same film and review which works better and why


Lesson 7: Research & Organization Workflows

The important steps you need to follow before you begin editing any trailer

Lesson 8: Positioning the Movie

Determine your marketing, targeting and cutting style and how it affects your final trailer

Lesson 9: Telling the Story Quickly and Simply

How to get people to watch your movie with a succinct and interesting trailer story

Lesson 10: Arranging the Trailer Structure

A step-by-step walk-through of the planning and paper-cutting stage of a trailer


Lesson 11: Choosing the Music

Use a smart music auditioning strategy to choose the perfect cue for your cut

Lesson 12: How to Use Sound Design

Learn professional trailer sound design techniques to enhance the moments in your trailer

Lesson 13: Laying the Foundation with Audio

How and why to begin your trailer by actually cutting the audio bed first

Lesson 14: Creating the Big Trailer Moments

How to carve out and accent your trailer’s most important parts with advanced editing techniques

Lesson 15: Storytelling with Style

Learn flashy editing techniques for creating a trailer that will hold your viewer’s interest

Lesson 16: Cutting Professional Montages

How to cut an emotionally-moving, exciting and understandable montage

Lesson 17: Working with Graphics & Voiceover

Best practices for creating and using high-quality graphics & narration

Lesson 18: The Importance of Un-Resolution

Explore this fundamental strategy of trailer editing to keep your audience wanting more


Lesson 19: Storytelling & Character Development

How to tell a story about people and places your audience will fall in love with

Lesson 20: Creating Emotion in a Cut

Dramatic editing techniques to stir emotions in your audience and help a trailer resonate


Lesson 21: Essential Comedy Tools

Powerful audio and visual tools for helping jokes and moments feel funny (even if they’re not)

Lesson 22: Crafting a Story with Jokes

How to build a comedy trailer by smoothly stringing together the best jokes in the film

Lesson 23: Style Tips for Comedy Editors

Specific comedy editing tips to add energy, style and visual interest to a trailer

Lesson 24: The Power of the Music Stop

How to use the most important comedy editing technique that exists


Lesson 25: Beat-Driven & Rhythmic Accents

The complete guide to creating exciting, perfectly-timed action accents in your cut

Lesson 26: Building Intensity with Hit Grids

Learn how to use sound design to easily build up the intensity of your music cue

Lesson 27: Creative Sound Design Techniques

Create a highly memorable trailer by combining creative pieces of sound design



Lesson 28: Essential Suspense & Horror Tools

Powerful audio and visual tools for building suspense and scaring your audience

Lesson 29: The Sound of Silence

How to effectively harness the power of silence in your next suspense trailer

Lesson 30: Creating Organic Sound Motifs

Use organic sounds from your film to create a custom, rhythmic sound motif


Lesson 31: Edit Workshop: The Project Overview

Take a closer look at the trailer we’ll be editing in this course

Lesson 32: Edit Workshop: Setting Up the Project

A quick guide to setting up your project and importing your files

Lesson 33: Edit Workshop: Organizing the Project

Preparing to edit with proper trailer organization

Lesson 34: Edit Workshop: Creating the Paper Cut

Planning your story, positioning and structure

Lesson 35: Edit Workshop: Building the Structure

Begin editing your trailer with a proper audio foundation

Lesson 36: Edit Workshop: Filling in the Picture

Adding picture and building montages in your cut

Lesson 37: Edit Workshop: Sound Design

Make your trailer come alive by adding layers of sound design

Lesson 38: Edit Workshop: Bringing It All Together

Analyze and troubleshoot problems with your trailer

Lesson 39: Edit Workshop: Final Mixing & Tweaks

Fine-tune your audio mix and polish your cut to perfection


Lesson 40: Reviewing Key Lessons Learned

A quick review of key lessons learned in the course

Lesson 41: Your Next Learning Steps

Suggestions for taking your trailer editing skills even further

The Trailer Editing Workshop

Follow along and cut your own trailer with us

1080p HD Source Footage

Download a professionally-shot short film with full D/M/E audio splits

The best way to learn editing is by actually doing it. This footage was specifically chosen to present you with common trailer editing challenges you’re likely encounter on your own projects. Use all the new trailer skills and techniques you’ve learned to gain a high level of mastery in this editorial art form.

Premium Trailer Music & Sound Library

Work with professional quality audio to create the perfect audio mix

A 950+ piece library of premium trailer music and sound design. Sound design and music play a HUGE role in the trailer editing process. We’ve worked closely with our partners at Alibi Music to hand-select the perfect library of cues you’ll need to craft an amazing audio bed.

Trailer Graphics & Script Pack

Use professional trailer scripts and custom graphics to enhance your cut

Graphic cards can be very useful in supporting the story of a trailer and adding a bit of style. Use the included 14 scripts and graphics, or choose to create your own.

Real Hollywood Instructors

Get a unique opportunity to learn exactly how a professional trailer editor works

125+ Years of Combined Experience

Get access to cutting-edge training from some of the best trailer editors working in the entertainment industry right now.

We’ve taken 125+ years of combined trailer editing experience and compiled the best secrets, editing strategies, techniques, workflows and shortcuts.

Award-Winning Trailer Editors

These are award-winning trailer editors who have honed their skills and risen to the top of their field.

Awards include:

  • 3 Grand Key Art Awards
  • 31 Gold/Silver/Bronze Key Art Awards
  • 15 Golden Trailer Awards
  • How does The Art of Trailer Editing compare to other training options?
  • We’ve already seen how The Art of Trailer Editinghas helped many other editors improve their skills. What would it cost for you to learn these techniques someplace else?
  • We like to be candid with all your choices, so you’re fully informed.
  • You could try learning how to edit a trailer by enrolling in a full-time film school and hope that the curriculum includes plenty of trailer editing training…but most don’t.
  • FACT: only about 8% of film school classes teach any form of editing
  • Plus, film school is pretty darn expensive.
  • Most film schools are not designed to train editors.
  • You might be lucky to get 2 or 3 classes dedicated to editing, along with a bit of outside lab time cutting together a final project.
  • But their focus is not on really teaching the craft of editing. It can’t be – there just isn’t enough time!
  • You couldtake individual editing classes at a trade school.
  • But these are still pretty pricey.
  • Additionally, they’ll typically only cover the fundamentals and often the instructors don’t have a great deal of real-world industry experience.

So far, none of these are great options.


If you choose to enroll in a course with Film Editing Pro, you can feel confident that the training is specifically designed to do three things:

  1. Give you hands-on, real-world editing skills you can actually use
  2. Share knowledge from full-time professional editors
  3. Not empty your wallet

Step-by-step instruction, expert tutors, affordable pricing.

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll learn in “The Art of Trailer Editing”…

  • 6 comedy editing tips to make sure your trailer gets laughs
  • How to analyze your trailer for critical weak points
  • A step-by-step method for quickly rough-cutting a trailer
  • The 3 main types of trailers and promos
  • 2 quick fixes that will improve your trailer graphics
  • How to craft a flowing comedy trailer using the best jokes in your film
  • Discover how to properly use hits and whooshes to highlight key moments
  • Advanced techniques for manipulating your film’s audio for use in a trailer
  • 4 crucial story moments every trailer should have
  • The best techniques for polishing your cut to look 100% professional
  • How to paper cut a trailer script
  • How to use silence to carve out a scary moment
  • The big differences between amateur and professional trailers
  • How to correctly plan and prepare for the trailer editing process to ensure success
  • Essential strategies for organizing your shots and character lines
  • How to correctly position your trailer in the marketplace to avoid targeting the wrong audience
  • How to craft beat-driven moments in an action trailer
  • How to build emotion in a drama trailer
  • The importance of using “un-resolution” whenever possible
  • Key trailer editing tools and vocab
  • The #1 technique for keeping your viewer engaged for 2:30
  • 3 strategies for combining shots into effective trailer moments
  • The secrets to maximizing the humor of a joke in a comedy trailer
  • How to layer sound design to build suspense before a scare
  • Which story elements to include and which to leave out
  • Hollywood tricks for creating tension in your next horror trailer
  • 4 big challenges of cutting a great trailer
  • The best tools for polishing your trailer and exciting your audience
  • Professional sound design techniques to build intensity throughout your cut
  • A detailed guide on how to create rhythmic sound motifs using organic film audio
  • How to edit music cues to fit your trailer’s timing and accents


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