Editing your documentary doesn't have to be so hard.

You're a bootstrapping film or videomaker determined to bring your story to the screen. That means you're wearing many hats – shooting, directing, producing, and editing.

But when it comes to editing, storytelling, and all the rest of post production, there's a gap between the skills you have now and the skills you need to make your film become a reality. My goal is to help you get there.

Hi, I'm Leslie

I'm a three-time Emmy nominated editor obsessed with making the intuitive explainable.

All those thousands of flash decisions that pro editors make so their editing sings?

I want to empower you to apply the same thinking and techniques to your own work.

Hi, I'm Leslie

I'm a three-time Emmy nominated editor obsessed with making editor's intuition explainable.

All those thousands of flash decisions that pro editors make so their editing sings?

I want to empower you to apply the same thinking and techniques to your own work.

Ways I can help you

There’s no shortage of resources online to help you learn editing software.

But when it comes to editing documentaries, knowing how to use Premiere (or Final Cut, or DaVinci Resolve, or whatever your tool of choice) is only one of many skills that you need to make a great film or video.

That’s why Elevate Your Editing is about the technical nuts and bolts, as well as the bigger picture. I help you by breaking down that intersection of technical know-how, organization, scripting, narrative, structure, emotion, and style. Even mindset – so you can ensure a successful delivery of your film or video while making the whole process a lot less agonizing.

Ways I can help you

There’s no shortage of resources online to help you learn editing software.

But when it comes to editing documentaries, knowing how to use Premiere (or Final Cut, or DaVinci Resolve, or whatever your tool of choice) is only one of many skills that you need to make a great film or video.

That’s why Elevate Your Editing is about the technical nuts and bolts, as well as the bigger picture.

I help you by breaking down that intersection of technical know-how, organization, scripting, narrative, structure, emotion, and style. Even mindset – so you can ensure a successful delivery of your film or video while making the whole process a lot less agonizing.

Let process be your guide

Having a clearly defined process – and trusting in it – will take you a long way towards overcoming edit overwhelm.

Process – that's what I have now that I didn't have when I was new to editing. It's my edit compass for when I'm walking blindly through the thicket of filmed material.

And as long as I follow that process, even when I feel lost deep in the woods, pretty soon I know I'll find my way out of the editing maze.

I've broken down my edit process into six stages that you can adopt to help you keep your own documentary edit on track.

Let process be your guide

Having a clearly defined process – and trusting in it – will take you a long way towards overcoming edit overwhelm.

Process – that's what I have now that I didn't have when I was new to editing. It's my edit compass for when I'm walking blindly through the thicket of filmed material.

And as long as I follow that process, even when I feel lost deep in the woods, pretty soon I know I'll find my way out of the editing maze.

I've broken down my edit process into six stages that you can adopt to help you keep your own documentary edit on track.

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