Audiovisual Editing and Narrative for Short Films

A course by Juanmi Cristóbal
Video editor and cinematographer. Granada, Spain.
Joined January 2019
, Video editor and cinematographer

Learn different techniques to tell your story with professional standards from start to finish

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (98)
  • 3024 students
Audiovisual Editing and Narrative for Short Films

Learn different techniques to tell your story with professional standards from start to finish

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% Positive reviews (98)
  • 3024 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 35m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Telling a compelling story through short film formats requires meticulous attention to detail. A well-constructed narrative is key, and it goes beyond the script and set. Throughout his career as a video editor and director of photography, Juanmi Cristóbal has learned that color, rhythm, shot length, and many more aspects of video editing greatly contribute to the narrative of a short film.

In this course, Juanmi teaches you how to edit a short film, sharing his experience and knowledge with you, to enhance your editing through visual narration techniques. In his previous courses, he focused on software that is widely used in professional editing, namely, Introduction to DaVinci Resolve for Color Correction, to master color editing with professional technique, and Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro, where he teaches the most used software for editing films, TV, and web content, from start to finish.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Cinematic narrative
  • U3
    U3. Preparing the short film
  • U4
    U4. The edition
  • U5
    U5. Final adjustments: color and its narrative | Title
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by meeting Juanmi, learn about his career so far, and the influences he’s discovered along the way that have impacted his work.

Discover the basic concepts of narration in cinematography, see all the different types of shots, and how they are used to convey a message. Learn the importance of rhythm and timing to transmit certain emotions and a feeling of empathy to the viewer. Juanmi also explains the importance of the montage in your editing, going through different styles and possibilities to work into your story.

Juanmi states that the first important step to editing a short film is organizing and preparing the footage you’ll be working on and shows you how he sets up his workspace to work efficiently. Go through the footage to know exactly what you have to work with, marking the significant frames as you go along. See how to sync your audio footage to video and simplify your editing process.

Begin to shape your story, read the screenplay, and then go through the technical script to lead your visual narrative in the right direction. Divide your work into sequences and begin to edit the footage, creating a general outline of what your short film will look like, to then focus on each sequence.

Next, hone in on the final details, starting with equalizing the color of your work, and understanding how color impacts the narrative of your story. Learn how to use the Magic Bullet plugin to give your work the final cinematic details. See how to create professional-looking titles that carry the tone of the story.

Finally, see all the most used formats and codecs in the professional editing field, and how each affect our short film, depending on where it will be projected.

What is this course's project?

Create a short film, from the importing of files to the final export of your project, going through each stage of the editing process, using narrative as your main focus.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

If you like telling stories with videos, this is the course for you. This course is for all those who are interested in applying audiovisual narrative to their editing process.

What you need

Having basic editing skills in Adobe Premiere Pro or other editing software is recommended. Previous knowledge in the cinematographic narrative is not required to take this course.

You will need a computer that will allow you to work smoothly an editing software such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut, DaVinci Resolve, or other. Juanmi will use Premiere to teach you his process.


3024 Students
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Juanmi Cristóbal

A course by Juanmi Cristóbal

Video editor and cinematographer

Juanmi Cristóbal's experience spans many fronts, from graphic design - a career he studied in his native Zamora (Spain) - to photography and post-production, through video editing and recording.

In 2016 he founded together with his partners Javier Barbero and Sergio Llast the audiovisual production company Fourminds, in which they produce both film and advertising and have worked for clients such as Samsung, Wacom, Roolling Stone and Canal Sur, among others.

In addition to being a professor at Domestika, he teaches at the Art School Granada in the subjects of Photographic Technique, Video Editing with Premiere Pro and Video Recording with DSLR.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Cinematic narrative

    • Type of plans and their use
    • Rhythm
    • Weather
    • Mounting types
  • U3

    Preparing the short film

    • Dump and organization
    • Viewing and using bookmarks
    • Audio and video synchronization
  • U4

    The edition

    • Script dimensioning and script usage
    • Simultaneous audio and video montage: using the sequences
    • Create the first cut
  • U5

    Final adjustments: color and its narrative | Title

    • Use of color: equalization
    • Final aesthetics
    • Title
    • Codecs and formats: final export
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Audiovisual Editing and Narrative for Short Films

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Audiovisual Editing and Narrative for Short Films. A Photography, and Video course by Juanmi Cristóbal

Audiovisual Editing and Narrative for Short Films

A course by Juanmi Cristóbal
Video editor and cinematographer. Granada, Spain.
Joined January 2019
  • 98% Positive reviews (98)
  • 3024 students