EDIT CHALLENGE – Restaurant Scene

Welcome to the first official CINESTUDY Interactive Editing Project!



We will provide you will a script and all the footage to practice editing a scene, free of charge. All we ask is that you use the complete credits either in your movie or in the description online. And don’t for get to use our Hashtags #Sonnyboo and #Cinestudy

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For this first exercise, we have a scene in a restaurant. The goal is to use the footage where the Camera Tells the Story. Look for camera angle that shift or change to match what is happening with the story.  For a little bit more on Using the Camera to Tell a Story, check out this clip


THE OBJECTIVE – Edit a scene that makes it clear to the audience whether the man cheated or not.


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Cars pass before the camera. The front door opens and closes as patrons enter the subdued parking lot.


WOMAN sits at a table by herself. MAN enters and sits with her.


Sorry I’m late.



That’s okay.



So what’s good here?


Listen, we need to talk.



What is it?



I know you cheated on me.

WAITER approaches the table.


Our specials tonight are the

Crab-Stuffed Filet Mignon with

Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce and

   the seared rack of lamb encrusted

                      in dijon mustard.



We’re going to need a few minutes.

Waiter leaves the table.


MAN and WOMAN stare at each other blankly.


Please use our credits either on screen or in the description, and our hashtag #cinestudy


Jocelyn Tanis

Louie Cowan

Robert Foor


Cinematography by

John Massarella


Written and Directed by

Peter John Ross


Produced by

Sonnyboo Productions


Edited by


(put your name here)


Sound Recordist

Micah Jenkins


First Assistant Director

Derek Rimelspach


First Assistant Camera

Andrew Massarella


Lighting and Camera provided by

Post House Creative


Storyboards by

Walter Nalley – Nalley Art


On Set Photography

Aimee Dutton


Behind the Scenes videography

Scott Spears


Special Thanks to

Dino Tripodis

Production Partners Media


Shot on Location

Greek To Me Restaurant

Columbus, Ohio

© Copyright  Sonnyboo™ All Rights Reserved ®



In the future, we will be viewing and reviewing some people’s edits for a live stream so we can tell you what we liked and what we think you can do to improve your filmmaking skills.


So the way to treat this is that the Director has sent you, the editor this footage and the script. Time to download the clips, load them up and do your version of the scene!

Shot 1 – Master Shots



Shot 2 – Character 1



Shot 3 – Character 2



Shot 4 – Waiter



Director’s Notes on the Footage – The camera footage is shot flat to allow for color grading. The audio levels are corrected and are not as clean as preferred. This footage is full HD (1920×1080) at 23.976 Frames Per Second.  



You can easily download the footage from Vimeo and also there are many free tools for downloading the footage from Youtube as well.

If you need help downloading the footage you can use sites like




And free editing software like DAVINCI RESOLVE!



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