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No film editor is born a master of self-discipline

When was the last time you wanted to edit a video and found yourself procrastinating without a specific plan for how to get into the editing zone?

Did you have a clear objective once you opened a timeline?

Finally, did it feel like in the past when you were losing track of time while editing? Or was it more day-to-day experience? 

Editing is a beautiful art form. Shaping stories, sculpting the marble block of a film is a highly rewarding experience. 

But it’s also an extremely demanding profession. 

A profession that requires a good amount of self-discipline. Dealing with editor’s block.

We need to be organized and even though we spend most of the time in isolation, our communication skills need to be superior. 

I believe that self-discipline, just like storytelling and editing, is a skill we can learn. Actually, it’s a skill we ought to learn.

Deep work habit

Finally, I understood that I needed to invest in building a habit of deep editing sessions

2018 was my first year on YouTube. I’d just quit my job as an in-house editor for a video production house and finally made a decision to become a freelance film editor. 

Well, it was a roller coaster at first. Finding clients after almost 2 years of absence on a freelance market wasn’t easy. Especially for someone with a small apartment and, at the time, one little kid.

But slowly I started to get some jobs and my situation was stable. I could provide for my family. 

Not to mention I finally had my own clients that wanted my editing skills specifically. 

But having no boss behind my shoulder, there were times when I just couldn’t force myself to edit. 

I was struggling to get into the zone and to make progress. You know as well as I do that it’s so easy to get distracted with social media, smartphones, etc. 

So there I was. Doing what I wanted to do yet choosing to watch a TV show during my working hours instead of pursuing that dream we probably share. The dream of becoming a filmmaker, a storyteller.

It was then that I realized a few things:

  • I needed a better work environment that would strengthen my focus on work,

  • I needed to find ways to get into the editing zone,

  • I needed to be able to find ideas for editing easily,

  • I needed to control distractions,

  • I needed to get rid of any friction points in my editing workflow,

  • If I do nothing it’s just a matter of time and I’ll become miserable in that profession

So I started to test things on myself with the goal of becoming a self-disciplined editor.

With time I have found some ways to improve my editing sessions and boosted my enjoyment of work. I was getting work done. I finally had a feeling that I was in control.

Have I found a silver bullet for all these problems? Can I look in a mirror and say to myself that I am a self-disciplined person? 

I wish I could. But working on productivity and self-discipline is not something you cross off your to-do list.

It’s a process. 

The process I want to share with you in the course so that you can experience that transformation yourself. 

What’s included?

  • You get lifetime access to the full program which will only grow over time (yes - I’ll be adding more lessons in the future).

  • 33 short and concise lessons that fill over 3 hours of video content.

  • We’ll have regular office hours where you can talk to me and a few other attendees about your experience with the course, your editing project, career development, and so on.

  • Discord community where you can connect with like-minded editors from around the world.

  • Short PDFs, worksheets with the main takeaways from some of the lessons and additional files like Motion Graphics Templates, etc.

  • Action steps that will help you implement your new knowledge into your everyday life.

There's also a bonus section...

I've added an extra lesson on how to prepare for ‘Same Day Edit’ jobs. 

In the future, more bonus lessons will be added as the course develops. I already have two topics I want to cover next year and probably with your feedback, there will be more. 

The bonus section will also include links to some of the live chat video sessions with fellow students.

... and ROI Guarantee

Return on Investment or money back

Albert Einstein said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. 

In other words, small but consistent ROI (Return on Investment) builds exponentially over time. 

And that’s what the Editing Chef is about. 

I can’t promise a life-changing experience. I can’t promise that your life as an editor will be problem-free and you won’t struggle with efficiency ever again. 

But I do feel pretty confident that the techniques, tips, and practices I’m about to share with you will have a positive impact on your editing career, and that your productivity will increase by at least a few percent.

And with time, that interest rate will bring a well-deserved return on investment. 

So here are the terms of my Money-back Guarantee.

  1. You can ask for your money back for any reason within the first 7 days after purchase, even if you haven’t watched a single lesson.

  2. If you complete the course within 90 days after purchase and you’re not happy with the effect it has on your editing sessions, I’ll give you your money back as well.

So, even if you’re advanced – I believe that you can still benefit from the course. 

However, if after the purchase you decide that the ROI wasn't worth it, you can ask for a refund. 

Pricing options

One time payment or 3-month payment plan. Both include future updates to the course!

The Editing Chef

Maximize Creativity & Streamline the Editing Workflow

The course introduces tips and techniques that will help you edit more efficiently and therefore enjoy what you do, delight your clients, and stay passionate about our wonderful profession. It’s like a fund with a high-interest rate for your editing career.

Course curriculum

In a nutshell, my goal is to improve your work output. In terms of doing more in the same amount of time, feeling more confident with how you spend editing sessions, or just how you perceive your profession and your role in the filmmaking process.

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Differentiating factor

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Work Environment

    • Optimal Location

    • Eliminate Distractions

    • Prepare in Advance

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Technical Considerations

    • Gear

    • Transcoding

    • Media Cache and Auto Saves

    • Post Haste

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Mindset

    • The Mindset

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Starting the Editing Engine

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Keeping Projects Organized

    • The Bus Factor

    • Labels

    • Everything Should Be Searchable

    • Focus on the Opening

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Creating and Using Presets

    • Effect Presets

    • Audio-enhance and Music

    • MOGRTs, Titles and Captions

    • Exporting and Transcoding Presets

  • 8

    Chapter 8: Workflow Habits

    • External Controllers

    • Shortcuts

    • Smart Rendering

    • Pancake Timelines

    • Timeline Tips

  • 9

    Chapter 9: Dealing with Editor's Block

    • Hemingway Rule

    • Precommitments

    • Curse of Knowledge

    • Perfectionism

    • Dealing with Constraints

    • Keeping Ideas in Your Backpocket

  • 10

    Chapter 10: Dealing with Client Feedback

    • Client Feedback

  • 11

    Bonus Videos

    • Same Day Edit

    • Live Session | 11 Jan 2021

    • Live Session | 25 Jan 2021

    • Live Session | 8 Feb 2021

    • Live Session | 22 Feb 2021

    • Live Session | 8 Mar 2021

    • Live Session | 21 Mar 2021

    • Live Session | 5 April 2021

    • Live Session | 16 August 2021

Is it only for Premiere Pro users?

I tried making the course as NLE-agnostic as possible. 

There are a lot of lessons that are not about particular software at all. 

But when I show labeling techniques, pancake timeline workflow, and other things like that, I do it in Premiere Pro. 

Still, it’s not really a click here - click there kind of course. It’s not software training. 

I do show some technical concepts in Premiere Pro, my NLE of choice at the moment of creation of the course, but most of these concepts could be applied and replicated in any NLE. 

So in general there’s a good mixture of soft skills lessons as well as some technical concepts. Quite a lot of them are NLE-agnostic, but some tips I give are specifically for Premiere Pro users.

I feel strongly that Final Cut Pro X users and DaVinci Resolve users will benefit from the course as well but I need to admit that Premiere Pro editors will get the most out of it.

But again - there’s a money-back guarantee. So if you’re from another NLE world, you could still give it a go and make up your mind later. 

You can’t really learn from the videos alone

I totally agree with you. 

As a student, you need a sense of community as well. You need to be able to ask a question when having doubts or getting stuck with something. 

And that’s why we have a Discord group where students can share their ideas and answer questions.  

We’ll have semi-regular live chats in a small group where we can talk about any editing-related topic. 

What the Editing Chef students say

Liam Ozdemir, UK

Freelance editor

At first, I wasn't sure what the course is about and what level it was at. Sometimes you buy courses online and you already know 80% of the stuff. But the Editing Chef is about things that you're not going to learn in other courses. It's specifically about productivity from the perspective of an editor. Now that I've taken the course, I feel like I'll keep revisiting it because some things need to be implemented over time. For example, time blocking. I got a lot out of it. Even the note-taking thing. I used to take screenshots of the things I like but I haven't really had any system for that. But the biggest takeaway for me is thinking about the what and the why behind the scene. Thinking in that kind of mindset instead of just trying to make a cool edit. How am I going to emotionally engage the audience? Honestly, the best value for money that I've spent on a course. It fits my needs specifically as I have just gone completely freelance just like Piotr did a while ago. It's more interesting than any effects or plugins and stuff like that. It's about things that no one else teaches.

Arusha Baker, USA

Video Creator, Assistant Director

I am entirely pleased by being a part of The Editing Chef course. Although I have not finished the course yet, I can say with confidence that I truly do feel that I am a part of something. Piotr's style of communicating with the audience makes me feel like he is talking with me, not *to* me. Initially, I was hesitant to purchase the course due to my own financial constraints. I am at a crucial pivot point in my career path, and as I expected, The Editing Chef is a great help to my journey. I find the global aspects to the course of most value: mindset, prep work, asking yourself why you are doing this. If the answer is storytelling, you are in the right place. I also like that I can ask questions within the course deck, within each chapter. Response time is quick. Bonus points to the cooking metaphors - what an anchor! I can say with confidence that I will be returning to The Editing Chef again and again, as I continue on my storytelling journey. Highly Recommended.

Brock Schwarz, USA

Editor and Videographer at BK Media Works

The course consists of a good mixture of skills. I especially liked lessons about getting over the editor's block. For example, the one on the Hemingway rule was really useful and new to me. In general, I like that Piotr made it clear that even though this is how his process looks like, it may not work the same way for everybody. I liked the honesty in that. I also took a lot from lessons about time blocking. Overall, highly recommended. Especially for a beginner editor but even intermediate and advanced editors will find it useful.

Andrew Reuter, USA

YouTube Content Creator

As a maker, I tend to figure out how to do things on my own, so I'm resistant to spending money on training when it could go toward a new tool. But the Cut to the Point YouTube channel has already had a huge impact on my editing abilities, so I didn't hesitate to sign up for the Editing Chef. And this course did not disappoint! Piotr has figured out the essence of what it takes to be a better, faster editor and distilled it into an efficient, teachable format. The class has left me reinvigorated to use my editing machine. And again, I'm reminded that the mind is the ultimate tool. Thank you Piotr!

Joel Barthel, Germany

Editor, Community Manager for the Editing Chef

I got to help Piotr with proofreading his lessons and writing some of the PDFs that will be attached to them, but that's nothing compared to the vast amount of work he put into the Editing Chef. While watching the lessons recorded in the professional studio, you can tell he practices what he preaches. If you wish to be more productive and unleash more of your creative potential, this course might be for you. It's a compilation of ideas on how to work smarter, especially if you're a Premiere Pro user.

Isn’t $227 expensive for an online course?

Well. It’s not the cheapest course I’ve seen. We can agree on that. 


Other courses don’t really offer live chats in a small group of students. You’ll hardly ever get an answer to your question. They just host video lessons. They do not add new lessons to the course. They do not provide you with free access to premium software like Kyno. Once you sign up they have no other time commitments no matter how many students there are. 

I want a limited group of students. That’s why I’ll close the registration on January 18.

I want to be able to focus on those people who sign up. To listen and to serve. 

And yes, you really get a 6-months license of Kyno Premium (learn more about Kyno from my reviews).

Also, it’s really about math. 

Even with a 5% improvement in your overall output capacity, you’ll get the value back in a few months of your professional work.

It’s always so funny to me that people don’t have a problem spending $1,000 on a piece of gear that they will hardly use or on a phone they don’t really need. 

But when it comes to investing in themselves, many think that with so much free content online paying for education is an extravagance. 

I think that educating ourselves is our obligation. And unless you commit to something, You won’t really learn. 

The act of commitment is a differentiating factor between entertaining yourself by watching tutorials and really learning something with the goal to implement it into your life and work practice. 

Who's Piotr?

Freelance Film and Video Editor

Piotr Toczyński

I'm a freelance editor, YouTube Creator, a certified Premiere Pro expert, and a NoFilmSchool writer. I've been making a living in this profession full-time for the last 5 years. I've worked on a ton of corporate videos, commercials, a mini-documentary, and currently, I'm editing two short films. I'm working for clients across the world including Australia, the United States, and Greece. To me, editing means the act of revealing information to the audience to evoke certain emotions. When, how, and why we reveal any aspect of a story is what made me fall in love with this art form. I'm also a husband and a father of two rascals. I love traveling, Dostoyevsky's books, and Johnny Cash's songs.