Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies offers video editing class

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: October 9, 2012

      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies is offering a new video editing non-credit course that complements its ongoing theatre series.

     Called "Basic Video Editing: An Introduction to Post-Production Film," the course is offered for high school students and adults interested in the film industry.

     The course will be taught by Sharon Edwards, former assistant community news editor and video producer/editor for the Times Picayune's St. Tammany Bureau. The course will be held at the St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive in Mandeville, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 9 p.m. from Nov. 6 – 15. The cost is $150.

     "This course is an introduction to post-production film editing, where students will learn to import video into computer editing software, create a workflow, use editing techniques, transitions and effects, create titles, and turn the edited video into files for viewing on a computer or television," said Edwards. "This hands-on course will teach the basic film editing skills needed to get professional results from any footage."

     Participants are eligible for a maximum of one theatre continuing education unit (CEU) for 10 hours of class time and can be combined with the courses "Basic Film Acting," "Introduction to Screenwriting," and "Makeup for Cinema."

     In addition to the video editing course, Basic Film Acting will be offered again this fall. The course is designed to teach novice actors the techniques of basic film auditioning, on-set behavior, and how to find legitimate film acting work in Louisiana. Basic Film Acting will be held in Mandeville at Sotheastern's St. Tammany Center and led by Southeastern theater faculty member, Jim Winter. The course will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Oct. 17- Nov. 14. The cost is $115.

     The other two courses in the theatre series will be taught in the spring of 2013. Makeup for Cinema will be taught by Tara Bennett, a freelance makeup artist with experience in makeup for photography, film, and theatrical stage. Bennett has worked on several Southeastern main stage productions as head makeup artist, including the awarding winning "Parking Lot Babies."

     Introduction to Screenwriting will be held at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. Designed to provide an introductory knowledge base for those interested in pursuing screenwriting, students will learn professional formatting and techniques as well as how and where to submit their written screenplays for professional production consideration. More details will follow on costs, dates and times of these courses.

     The non-credit theater courses will rotate between Southeastern's Extended Studies locations and can be taken separately or in any combination for CEUs. For more information or to register for these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call 985-549-2301.

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