Edit Your Trailer like a Pro!

Despite what you might think, editing a trailer is an artform in itself and requires a different set of skills to editing longer-form projects. That’s because a trailer condenses the crux of a film or TV show’s story to two-minute morsels that must be compelling while teasing the audience to ensure that they come back for more! A good trailer will form an essential element of your project’s promotional package – think this: you’re more likely to watch a movie if you’ve seen a good trailer for it. And oftentimes, movies that tease with trailers are more likely to build buzz and positive word of mouth before and during their theatrical, broadcast and online runs!

In this all-day online workshop, facilitator, Ryan C. Khan, will explore the key elements of a good trailer – what aspects of the story to leave in, what to leave out; graphics and how to use them to the greatest advantage; choosing the right music and essential information/ data to include in all trailers. Khan will lead participants through a trailer edit, using one of his own short films as a case study. Participants will have the opportunity to pull selects from the film and put together a rough cut trailer which they feel best represents the film. Finally, Khan will lead the participants through a constructive critiquing session of the trailers produced. 

By the end of the course, participants will have a much clearer understanding of the elements that make for a strong trailer, as well as how to pull them together for the greatest effect.


  • Participants must have a sound working knowledge of their chosen editing software – this class will not teach participants about how to use software 
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptops with any editing software already loaded – note: ttff will not be providing equipment or software
  • Participants should also ensure that their computers/ external drives have enough space on them to import additional film clips


dates: 11 september
duration: two sessions/ 3 hours/ session
times: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-5:30pm

This workshop is no longer available. Thank you for your interest.

about ryan c. khan

Ryan C. Khan is one of the many filmmakers emerging from the Caribbean, a new frontier for storytelling. He’s won the Tribeca/Worldview pitch competition at ttff/12. Then in 2013, he participated in the prestigious Berlinale Film Festival Talent Campus and the ttff Filmmakers’ Immersion Programme. His work has also been shown at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (2014). Khan later began working in the advertising industry, directing TV commercials for major brands within the region. Currently, he directs, produces and edits his own projects under Ryan C. Khan Films while continuing to work within the region, producing projects for major brands.

Edit Your Trailer like a Pro!

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