Keeping it Real: The Art of Documentary Editing




Documentaries present unique challenges to the the editor, but can also be incredibly fulfilling as well. The editor can play a major role in shaping the final outcome as the story often only comes together in the edit suite.

Understanding the various approaches to the documentary allow an editor to more effectively tell the story in the best possible way . Having a firm understanding of documentary editing makes the editor much more hireable and the skills learned carry over into all aspects of editing.


2 days 
(9.30am - 5.30pm)



13- 14 August 2020 (Thur - Fri)

In person class with Safe Distancing Measures

Please contact us for upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number .


S$ 990 before GST
S$ 1059.30 after 7% GST

This course is eligible for IMDA T -Assist,NTUC SEP (Self Employed Person ) funding  and Skillsfuture support as below:

Funding Support

Category Trainee Type Singaporean Citizen Singaporean PR
Organisation-sponsored Non-SME-Sponsored Up to 70% of course fee capped at $3,000
SME-Sponsored Up to 90% of course fee capped at $3,000
40 year old and above Up to 90% of course fee capped at $3,000 Up to 70% of course fee capped at $3,000
Self-sponsored Less than 40 year old Up to 70% of course fee capped at $3,000
40 year old and above Up to 90% of course fee capped at $3,000 Up to 70% of course fee capped at $3,000
Self Employed Person Please note that the SEP allowance scheme is supposed to be valid for courses up to 31st Dec 2020. After that ,the IMDA Freelancer allowance may apply. We are awaiting confirmation from the various agencies.

Course fee subsidy
: Up to 90% of course fee capped at $3,000
NTUC SEP Training allowance: $10 to $11  per training hour (depending on whether the participant is an NTUC member) . Total grant per course (sum of course fee subsidy and training allowance) will be capped at the course fee amount excluding GST

Upon verification of submitted documents required for Training Allowance claim, NTUC’s e2i will disburse the training allowance directly to your bank account within 30 working days after submission.

Please note the following

1. T-Assist does not cover GST

2. Skillsfuture funding can be used to cover any portion of the course fee not funded by T-Assist and NTUC SEP funding  (including GST)


A course costs S$ 1000 before GST (S$ 1070 incl GST) and duration is 21 training hours

A Singapore Citizen who is a self employed person (SEP) and a non NTUC member  should qualify for

  • S$ 900 from  IMDA T Assist funding (90% of the S$ 1000 course fee excluding GST)

  • S$210 SEP Training Allowance  ( S$ 10  non NTUC member rate x 21 hours)

So he would

  • Pay S$1070 upfront

  • Claim back S$ 1110 after the course   (S$ 900 IMDA T-Assist + S$210 Non NTUC member SEP allowance for 21 hours )

If the course fee + SEP allowance is less than the amount claimed back Skillsfuture credit can be used to cover the remainder inclusive of GST.

Please note that final decision  on grant /allowance eligibility and amount is up to IMDA ,SSG and  NTUC but the example  above is calculated  as per their policies as laid out on their respective websites.

More information is available  on our funding page and on the IMDA Talent Assistance page


Please contact us for upcoming dates. Custom courses can be arranged for your organisation if you have a minimum number .

Who Should Attend

Junior Editors, Editors, Directors and budding filmmakers

Course Outline

Do you feel a need to learn the art of storytelling through the craft of editing?

In this brand new aesthetic editing class, we will be learning the following:

• The difference between a short, mid-length and long form documentary.

• The prominent component of documentaries vs a narrative

• How to pace your story

• How to make it real and authentic

• How to make your work engaging

• How to emote to your audience

We will be practising editing using REAL documentary footage during the editing exercises.

About Your Instructor



Li San is a veteran editor. She has been active in Singapore's TV and Film industry for the past 23 years.

Li San won Special Jury Prize and Special Achievement award at Singapore International Film Festival 2004 for a short documentary, INNOCENT (Directed and edited by Li San).

She had edited variety of documentaries for National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. Li San worked as an editor with a number of renowed local filmmakers like Tan Pin Pin and Wee Li Lin, editing TV and film works like Moving House and Gone Shopping.

Li San has been teaching at various institutions like Ngee Ann Poly, Lasalle, Nafa and Objectifs for the past 10years. She was also invited to be mentor and judges for various filmmaking events in SIngapore.