documentary editing doesn't have to be so hard

You're a self-funded documentary 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 documentary 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 documentary editing 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 editing techniques to your own work.

for self-funded documentary filmmakers

documentary editing courses + coaching

Get all the technical steps and storytelling process laid out for you, plus personalized project support

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

But when it comes to documentary editing, 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 I offer courses to walk you through how to edit your documentary from start to finish, even if you've never edited before.

And every course comes with coaching, so you have the support of a professional editor when you need it.

You'll be amazed when you turn edit agony into edit alchemy all on your own, and without having to spend a a ton of money hiring a professional editor.

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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.

free resources about documentary editing process

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

Edit mentor in your inbox

Every week I send an email full of insights – written especially for shoestring-budget, wear-all-the-hats documentary filmmakers (yes that includes you, the non-editor editor!). It's designed to help you overcome the editing confidence gap faster. If you have any doubts about your editing, sign up below!

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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.

Want to become the editor your film needs you to be?

Don't spend another day in edit overwhelm. Sign up and I'll send you a weekly email with inspiration, creative guidance, and technical tricks of the trade to help you stay motivated and make your edit amazing. Plus you'll be first to know about upcoming workshops and my documentary editing courses + coaching.

I had been saving a few of your newsletters to read with tea one of these days and finally settled down with them... I was feeling extremely 'seen' and reassured, less alone... You've helped me so so so much. Reading your revelation that you also have unfinished projects that haunt you made me feel so much more valid as a filmmaker. We're so lucky we get to work with you!

Documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist Natasha Pizzey

Natasha Pizzey

Documentary Filmmaker and Multimedia Journalist