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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. 

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. 1
    • Introduction

    • Before we begin...

    • Differentiating factor

  2. 2
    • Before you begin this module...

    • Optimal Location

    • Eliminate Distractions

    • Prepare in Advance

  3. 3
    • Gear

    • Transcoding

    • Media Cache and Auto Saves

    • Post Haste

  4. 4
    • The Mindset

  5. 5
  6. 6
    • The Bus Factor

    • Labels

    • Everything Should Be Searchable

    • Focus on the Opening

  7. 7
    • Effect Presets

    • Audio-enhance and Music

    • MOGRTs, Titles and Captions

    • Exporting and Transcoding Presets

  8. 8
    • External Controllers

    • Shortcuts

    • Smart Rendering

    • Pancake Timelines

    • Timeline Tips

  9. 9
    • Hemingway Rule

    • Precommitments

    • Curse of Knowledge

    • Perfectionism

    • Dealing with Constraints

    • Keeping Ideas in Your Backpocket

  10. 10
    • Client Feedback

  11. 11
    • Same Day Edit

    • Recommended Reads

  12. 12
    • 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

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.

You have questions? Well, let's get them answered!

  • I would love to do this, but I already struggle with my schedule. How much time will it take?

    I hear you. I remember falling asleep in my bay racing to make deadlines. It’s why I decided to make Editing Chef self-guided, so you can watch at your own pace. Each class is compact and should take no longer than 15 minutes to view. Most students get done in 60 days (and return again and again). Trying the ideas and making them a smooth part of your workflow takes practice, but when you go that extra step you’ll see your efficiency as an editor soar. You’ll finally break free of stress and overwhelm that holds so many editors back.

  • How is The Editing Chef different from what I watch on Youtube?

    It’s great you’ve been watching and learning new things. But let me ask you. Did you feel better about your own editing work after watching? Did you improve your output? My guess is no. The Editing Chef is the only course I know of that shows you how to get into the mindset you need to dive into a project alongside the processes you need to avoid distractions. If you are serious about getting faster - and also want to love editing long-term without getting burned out - you’ll get the specific steps you need to make it happen in The Editing Chef.

  • I don’t use Premier Pro. Will what you teach still work?

    Yes. Over 95% of the course will work with any system you prefer. We have students using Final Cut Pro, Adobe and more. They have all successfully completed the course and learned a ton about streamlining workflow and productivity in the process.

  • I don’t have budget for new tech. Can I still take this course?

    Definitely. In fact, I don’t insist you need any new tech to take this class. Why? Most editors think they’ll be more efficient if they have a faster computer, more RAM or even a whole bunch of presets. I don’t agree. Keeping your tech updated enough to handle your projects is fine - anything extra can actually add distractions. Here’s the thing. Tech is not actually the root cause of the problem. If you are slow now, you’ll also be slow on a brand new mac, because you won’t have solved the real cause. That’s why we go beyond tech specs and dive into areas of mindset and productivity. (Hint - these are actually the root cause!).

  • Time management stresses me out. Are you sure I can learn this?

    Yes. These ideas are proven and learnable - just ask my past students! Here's the thing. As editors, we’re all just somehow meant to know how to manage projects, manage clients, and manage a business. No-one teaches that. So, don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t got those strategies in place yet. It's why I made the course compact and accessible and extremely focused on the struggles editors face getting organised and delivering on deadline. And think about it. There was a time when you had no clue what a frame rate or a graphic match was. But you learned. I have 100% faith in the fact that you can learn - and adopt - the strategies in The Editing Chef too, with no extra stress. After all, if I can do it, then you can too!

  • Are the live calls really live?

    Yes! And they were so popular in our last session that this time around that I'm adding more. So when you get the pro package today, you get access to 6 x live calls I'll run as add-ons to the modules, where we can talk about challenges and problem solve. I usually charge $100 or more per hour for a private consult, but in these calls you get my undivided attention for free. We'll also get together for more After Hours "Ask Me Anything," chats where we can nerd out on all things editing. Our community is fun, lively and generous. I love it - and I know you will too.

Who's Piotr?

Freelance Film and Video Editor

Piotr Toczyński

Story-driven editor, Johnny Cash lover.
I can’t wait to cheer you on in Editing Chef.

I’ve spent the last 6 editing commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and short films, while running my YouTube channel, so I'm no stranger to the frustration and stress that comes with running an editing business.

I won’t lie. It hasn’t always been easy - and it still isn't some days. But over the years I've developed proven practices I use to get me into the creative zone fast, manage multiple tasks, and make enough money to support my family AND still spend quality time with them.

When I heard many editors had the same struggles I had, I wanted to share what helped me break through.

I created Editing Chef to give you no-stress strategies you can use to easily manage - and love - your editing business.

See you inside!