How to get into This

I have witnessed

Your body, your mind, your being DOES whatever it’s trained to do. Whatever you practice, your being naturally does more of. If you start exercising, your body starts to crave more exercise, if you eat food you normally don’t enjoy regularly, your tastebuds will usually start to like it, and even want more of it. Of course the opposite is true, if you do something to excess, it becomes less desirable. It’s always a balance.

If you start editing*, even by simply opening the program and tinkering around randomly, your practice will grow. It will become like the coffee you enjoy in the morning. It will become a familiar routine. Do it 5 minutes a day, and it will grow into more, become easier, and you will start to truly enjoy doing it.

I have seen this to be true.

*I am referring to the practice of editing video.

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November 10, 2019 · 8:09 am

the Problem in Teaching

It is not difficult to teach 

But it may be difficult to teach a group of people.

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November 9, 2019 · 8:29 pm

Making Satisfaction

I finished a small piece of writing last night; worked it over for 2-3 days; 1 page, a 5-minute talk about how nuclear energy and the cold war standoff scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.

I feel supremely satisfied this morning, like I have less to carry, less to buzz about. There’s less anxiety in my body. It’s the act of creation that does it; doing from the inside out is how we find and make soul into the world.

Have you felt this? Do you think you’re not that creative, and it’s a struggle? It’s a struggle. It doesn’t always come out easy. Babies are born in hard labor. The fruits of our own creative juices has to be born out. They don’t stay in there without a price of pain or death. Little deaths, big deaths, however they emerge or don’t emerge determines your presence in the world.

Oh satisfaction, you are won with work. You are won with courage, and support, and self-worth, and some pushing and prodding. There’s no formula for the doing. Take the first step and finish it. You’ll feel something shift the next morning.

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August 6, 2019 · 6:33 am

Some Guts to Teach

The nerve to __

know what needs to be done, and do it

ask for what’s required, without surrender

say what seems right, then

be amazing

be mundane

be utterly real

to listen deeply, what are they asking for?

Foster groups, connecting

Assess fairly with accountability

expect responses, there are consequences



feel the aliveness

Lecture like you have something to say

Enjoy it

Teach like you mean it.



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July 28, 2019 · 5:37 pm

Welcome to Class

Dear Students,

I’m happy you are taking this course in video editing. Desiring to learn how, or improve on, your ability to make videos is a fantastic goal, and I am here to help you do that. It’s an exciting challenge to work in video making, and I am committed to doing my best to teach and inspire the best in you.

chinese characters above a Circular gateway in white wall with orchard beyondWith all the ways you have to learn things in this world, Why would you take this course? I can tell you why I still take classes myself: 1. because I procrastinate, and school forces me to take action toward my dreams, 2. because I do better work in a community of other people who want to create, too. and 3. it helps me organize and focus so my improvement is accelerated beyond what I could accomplish alone. Maybe some of these apply to you as well.

This is a project based course, which emphasizes learning by doing. You’ll be presented with the skills and knowledge necessary to edit, and then you’re off making videos to hone your skills.  We will learn from each other as well as professionals in the field who will share their knowledge and experience with you.

The community I mentioned above lives through the sharing of ideas in class and online through discussion boards. This is where you get to know each other through sharing and reflecting on your work and ideas, responding to questions and interesting video topics.

You enrolled in this course, so I know you have courage. You will encounter times in video-making that require a never say die attitude, and I will be there to support and guide you.

The general criteria for grading will be grounded in following directions, technical mastery, and creativity. No matter what level you are at, the expectations for your work will be high. Would you want it any other way?

Every student has different motivations, and I hope one of your’s is to have fun. When you have fun editing you stay up late ’cause you can’t stop. You learn more. And you get the work done. Whether you’re creating movies, animations, realty videos, advertisements, YouTube channels, how-to videos, or home movies, you can find deep enjoyment in the making of these works of art.

This is, technically, an Art course, and the mysterious thing we call “art” will be an ongoing conversation. Anything done well can have an artistic quality, and that’s what we will strive to achieve in our videos. A touchstone for this conversation will be your Show and Tell Art Videos, where you’ll all get the chance to show a video you found on the Internet that you would call artistic.

Now, go into the Canvas course (log into, MyCourses>Canvas LMS) and read through the Start Here Module items, respond to the survey, read the syllabus and take the syllabus quiz, Then take a look at Module 1, and Introduce yourself in the discussion board! Ask me questions after going through the material carefully.

Thank you,

Thatcher Bohrman


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January 5, 2019 · 5:08 pm

The 2 Things Central to this Class

There are 2 things we work with in this course: 1. Technology and 2. Content. The Technology is the skill needed to operate the program, Adobe Premiere Pro, and the Content is your creativity.

Each of these has other aspects. The Technology side encompasses not only your ability to use this complex software, but how well it performs on the computers you use, so it includes your general computer skills, troubleshooting, and handling problems that come up. It is also the knowledge you acquire and apply in the course.

The Content is about your Creativity, which in this sense means how you apply your energy and ideas to create, not some divine talent you think you have or don’t have. It’s about how you use your resources to create and collect material to edit with, as well as your habits of work, discipline, and your inspiration.

You all have what it takes to make good work and learn all about video making if you are willing to stick with it.


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January 5, 2019 · 12:56 pm

1 frame makes a difference in our sense of natural motion.

It is very interesting to hear Peter Jackson talk about the speed of film in his 2018 documentary about World War One. Cameras were cranked by hand, making the frame rate highly variable between 14-24 fps, giving the motion of those black and white images the typically strange timing we might be used to when watching the films of those early days. He went to great pains to adjust the timing of those films so they appear as time really passed, and he makes the point that even ONE FRAME makes a difference to our sense of what appears as natural. It is a very interesting ‘making of’.

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January 2, 2019 · 6:26 am