Editing a Documentary with Adobe Premiere Pro

A course by Martina de Alba
Visual Artist. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined September 2019
, Visual Artist

Learn to tell real-life stories that inspire an audience by exploring creative shooting and editing techniques, from the initial structure to the finished video

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  • 276 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to tell real-life stories that inspire an audience by exploring creative shooting and editing techniques, from the initial structure to the finished video



  • 100% positive reviews (7)
  • 276 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 49m)
  • 17 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Telling real-life stories through documentaries is a way to help people understand situations and inspire them to change for the better. Through editing, you can reveal conflict, play with time, show each character’s point of view, and keep your audience mesmerized. Visual artist Martina de Alba specializes in editing, producing, and directing compelling documentaries for clients including The New York Times, National Geographic, and CBS.

In this online course, she teaches you her editing techniques to tell engaging stories that evoke emotion. Learn to create a short documentary in Premier Pro step by step, from the structure to the finished cut. Find your narrative voice through documentary editing.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Theory
  • U3
    U3. Watching, Organizing Footage, and Editing
  • U4
    U4. Finishing Touches
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know visual artist Martina de Alba. Discover how she turned her love for design into a career editing, directing, and producing documentaries, along with the influences that inspire her.

Dive into the elements of a documentary, from b-roll to voice-overs. Then discover different montages you can use in your edits. Learn what The Kuleshov Effect is and how it relates to emotion, before exploring the types of shots used in cinematography.

Set up a project file and find out how to organize your footage. Then create a three-act structure for your documentary with storytelling in mind. Martina guides you through the process of adding music, sound effects, and graphics to your content, as well as how to create a title.

See how to use basic tools for color correction. To wrap up the course, Martina shares her advice for finessing and exporting your finished documentary.

What is this course's project?

Edit a ten-minute documentary with Adobe Premier Pro, from the initial file import to the final version.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in learning how to edit documentaries.

Requirements and materials

Basic editing skills are recommended.

In terms of materials, you will need a device with access to editing software. Martina uses Adobe Premiere Pro.


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Martina de Alba

A course by Martina de Alba

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Visual Artist

Martina de Alba is a Spanish visual artist, currently working as a director, producer, and editor in Los Angeles. She studied graphic design in Barcelona before moving to New York City to learn video editing which combined her passions for both graphics and music. She worked as a full-time video editor at VICE Media and, in 2016, joined The Front, a female-based media company in Brooklyn. Martina later moved to Los Angeles, where she transitioned into directing and producing.

She has worked on short documentaries for The New York Times, National Geographic, CBS, Spotify, and Apple, among others, and is currently editing documentary series for Disney+, Paramount+, and MSNBC.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
  • U2

    The Theory

    • Elements of a Documentary
    • Elements of a Documentary: Montage
    • The Kuleshov Effect
    • Defining Shot Types in Cinematography
  • U3

    Watching, Organizing Footage, and Editing

    • Prepping the Project File 1
    • Prepping the Project File 2
    • Prepping the Project File 3
    • Basic Documentary Structure
    • Music, Sound Effects, and Graphics 1
    • Music, Sound Effects, and Graphics 2
    • Music, Sound Effects, and Graphics 3
  • U4

    Finishing Touches

    • Color Correction
    • Finessing and Exporting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Editing a Documentary with Adobe Premiere Pro

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Editing a Documentary with Adobe Premiere Pro. Photography, and Video course by Martina de Alba

Editing a Documentary with Adobe Premiere Pro

A course by Martina de Alba
Visual Artist. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined September 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (7)
  • 276 students