DOC Institute Masterclass


The DOC Institute presents a Masterclass with editor Nick Hector, Tuesday November 23rd at 7pm at Camera Bar 1028 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H6

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Turning Chaos into Story

“I’ve come to see the editing room as a place where dreamers, artists and visionaries attempt to reverse the laws of thermodynamics, wrestling film chaos into order.” – Nick Hector

As a frequent collaborator of preeminent documentarians such as Allan King, Yvan Patry, and Sturla Gunnarsson, award-winning producer/editor Nick Hector brings a unique approach and powerful sense of story to the edit suite. His working notes, journals, and anecdotes offer an essential, behind-the-scenes view into the messy, complicated creation of some of the seminal films in the documentary canon.

With 30 years of editing and more than 100 films under his belt, Nick’s Master Class will take us through the beats of a film’s life cycle, including putting on the director’s glasses, playing the role of “first audience” and revealing the story’s spine through a careful reduction process. Using practical advice, editing theory, war stories, and personal journal excerpts, Nick Hector will give a fascinating look at his working process with some of Canada’s visionary filmmakers – each with vastly different styles, approaches, and sensibilities.

Don’t miss this rare look into the mind and process of an editing master.

The Master Class will be moderated by award-winning filmmaker, journalist and author Sun-Kyung Yi.