Ian Upton
Artist | Technologist | Teacher

Cutting to the chase. Editing techniques that will make YOUR digital films ROCK!

Lesson Plan Published 10/16/14 Last updated on 5/28/19

This stand-alone 90 minute session, derived from a longer 10 week course, is aimed at intermediate Premiere Pro users who we can assume have a basic understanding of the Premiere Pro Application and work-flow.

A typical participant will start this session being able to; import footage, edit clips on the time-line (using the Select Tool) and export a movie. It is unlikely participants will have engaged with deeper elements of the application interface and will be unaware of the rich functionality Premiere Pro offers the creative editor.

The purpose of this session is to develop critical thinking in relation to film narrative. The session is designed to facilitate a 'eureka moment' where students experience how the tools in Premiere Pro can support critical creativity above and beyond that of a simple edit...

The session uses 'Flip Learning Techniques' - where we expect the student to undertake a series of video tutorials providing nuts and bolts training for the application - before attending the session. I mount these on my University 'Online Learning Environment' (Moodle) where they are available to my students (your own web page or an email with text and links would also suffice). As well as providing pre-session exercise, flip learning also provides a resource that can be referred to by students during my session. Great as a 'referable reference' and as support for those participants who have 'not done their homework'.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

Age Levels
1-2 Hours
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

The session requires the ability to show YouTubes and Vimeos on a single central screen - for group discussion.

Students will need individual access to workstations with Premiere Pro.

It is recommended you embed the video links into your slide resources to make discussions flow. Links are included in the lesson plan attached.

I have used this session as part of a wider ACA course - as well as a standard non ACA course - as it engenders real use and appreciation of the Premiere Pro toolkit.

Make sure you note the requirements (what we expect students to be able to do before undertaking this session) and ensure all have completed the 'flip materials' in their own time before they start. This is not a rookie session!

NOTE : Play The Diamonds are Forever clip from three minutes in (the link I provide will do this automatically). You only want to see the last minute for the purposes of this session. Also - you might want to make note of the lean over bodge the producers added to try and smooth over the gaff. Another real hook for discussion. Did they really need to add it?

NOTE : You will notice I have done more to my final 'Chopstick Death' final edit than just edit! I have used scale, a bit of keyframe motion, compressed time and some colour correction. This is deliberate. Students can still do the task without engaging with any of these features but if you have any high-flyers you can point this out and challenge them to see what they can do :-)

NOTE : The provision of my final edit is not to provide something the students have to 'replicate'. More an example of what can be done. Every student will have a different take and solution for doing this and - as long as the result is believable - there is no right answer!

And encourage your students to share what they have done. Or even create their own deaths and share!  Facebook, Instagram (video), Vine, Vimeo... I have seen this technique creep into student stuff where weapons of choice have included combs, a moustache and a spoon... I wait for the day someone uses a wet fish... :-)

Have a FUN session! - Live long and prosper... Let me know how it works for you!

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William Cortez

Posted on 5/28/19 10:08:10 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing. The students are motivated to exercise their critical thinking in film narration.

Lorraine Dobson

Posted on 6/7/16 9:37:04 PM Permalink

This is the best video idea motivational piece of work I've come across!!!!1

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 10/28/15 4:26:51 AM Permalink

This is really cool cant wait to use it


Ian Upton

Posted on 10/28/15 8:06:41 AM Permalink

Thanks Bethany! I always enjoy teaching this session. Be great to hear how your students get on... :-)

Lorraine Dobson

Posted on 5/27/15 10:53:50 PM Permalink

This tutorial is great, my year 11 students (15-16 year olds) loved it and got lots of great ideas about unusual shots (camera in the fridge) and panning

Ian Upton

Posted on 5/28/15 2:44:58 AM Permalink

Woo hoo! Thanks Lorraine! Really good to hear your students enjoyed the session. Sounds like you got them thinking! Well done :-)

Rebecca Stewart

Posted on 5/7/15 9:01:27 AM Permalink

Hi Ian,

This is a great tutorial, I am using it today with some of the 1st years in Media Production. Glad I stumbled across this. The Adobe education exchange is fantastic

Ian Upton

Posted on 5/8/15 8:52:24 AM Permalink

Cheers Rebecca! Glad this was useful. And welcome to EDEX!

Tony Bolder

Posted on 11/6/14 2:41:56 PM Permalink

Hi Ian

This is a very comprehensive set of resources that will facilitate some good video editing time with my students.

Thanks. Tony

Ian Upton

Posted on 11/6/14 2:45:30 PM Permalink

Thanks Tony, It would be great to hear how your students get on!