SVA Film & Animation
FACULTY: Mary Wojcik


During the 2016 Sundance Institute and the Karen Schmeer Fellowship’s Art of Editing Brunch, editor Kate Amend summed up what an editor does best:

 “We work with light, color, music, words, shapes, and movement to tell a story. We choreograph, we compose, and we conduct. And whether there’s a script or not, we are writing. No wonder it’s so hard to describe what we do.”


In my introductory editing classes, I combine visuals, theory, ethics and technology with real world scenarios to help students understand and grasp the foundations of editing. Editing software and technology may change over the years, but the principles of storytelling stay the same.

How does one edit footage to tell a cohesive story? How do we create drama? Comedy? Fear? How do we edit something so flawlessly that the viewer doesn’t even notice our footprint? Editing gives us the opportunity to creatively express ourselves and affords us the knowledge to expand and integrate our ideas into a wider range of other mediums. Storytelling through editing truly has no boundaries.

And it’s okay if one doesn’t want to be a professional editor. Everyone has different ambitions and goals. But learning even the basics of editing gives students a better understanding of what is needed to complete their own projects from start to finish. Ultimately, making each one a stronger producer, director, writer or whatever their heart desires.

Master of Science (M.S.), Journalism – Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film, Video, and Animation – Rhode Island School of Design

Clients include: ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and CNN

Numerous Emmy, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow Network Television Awards as part of team coverage with various news organizations.

Intro to Adobe Premiere, Intro to AVID