Your Roadmap to Success

Embark on your post-production adventure armed with the essential skills that form the gateway to the world of film & scripted television.

  • Goal Setting

    Learn how to create a roadmap for your dreams and set yourself up for success from the very beginning by setting goals, knowing how to overcome challenges, and understanding the inner workings of the post-production department.

  • Cold Outreach Messages

    Master the art of communication as you discover the secrets to crafting compelling outreach messages that captivate industry professionals. Learn to forge genuine connections and open doors to valuable opportunities.

  • Resume Writing

    Your resume is your professional passport into the industry. Uncover the strategies to create a standout resume that showcases your unique skills and experiences, leaving a lasting impression on potential employers.

  • Networking

    Networking is the heartbeat of the industry. Gain the confidence to navigate events, engage with industry experts, and foster meaningful relationships that can propel your career forward.

  • Assistant Editor Skills

    Step into the world of post-production as we explore the must-have skills of an assistant editor. From technical knowledge to teamwork, you'll be prepared to work on any scripted project.

  • Industry Insights

    Dive deep into industry intricacies and arm yourself with strategic wisdom from seasoned professionals to excel in this competitive landscape.

Alumni Success Stories

Hear how Break Into Scripted helped Juliet transition from documentaries to film.

Here's What You'll Get

Break Into Scripted is broken up into 5 core modules and a Bonus module featuring over 50 video lessons with more than 13 hours of content, lifetime access, and free updates!

  • Module 1 will not only provide you with a solid grasp of the industry landscape, but also the tools and knowledge to proactively shape your career and take those essential first steps toward achieving your scripted dreams.

  • By the end of Module 2, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to craft outreach messages that stand out, enabling you to make the right connections and unlock exciting opportunities within the scripted entertainment industry.

  • Module 3 gives you the skills and insights to craft a resume that truly sells yourself in the world of scripted entertainment. Your resume will become a powerful tool for opening doors and securing exciting opportunities in your career journey.

  • Effective networking is a game-changer. We'll dive deep into essential networking strategies and techniques to help you build a robust professional network within the scripted world in Module 4. Additionally, this module helps individuals overcome shyness, ensuring that everyone can confidently build their professional network.

  • You'll be fully prepared to work on any scripted project by the end of Module 5 by gaining an in-depth understanding of the core skills of an assistant editor, from technical knowledge to teamwork and communication.

  • In this Bonus module, get valuable industry insights, insider tips, and real-world knowledge from editors and assistants working on high-profile projects like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3, TOP GUN: MAVERICK, EXTRACTION 2, THE LAST OF US, EUPHORIA, and PAINKILLER that'll prepare you for the nuances and challenges of the scripted entertainment industry.

Say goodbye to stress, save time, and get practical - no BS advice - from a working Hollywood editor who's actually gone on the journey you're about to embark on!

Meet Your Mentor

Joaquin Elizondo

Hey friend! My name is Joaquin Elizondo and I'm an editor and the creator of the Hollywood Editing Mentor program. I have over 20 years of experience as a professional editor and currently work in the world of scripted television shows. My most recent editing credits include NARCOS: MEXICO (Netflix), DARK WINDS (AMC), THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX (NatGeo), and the soon-to-be released GRISELDA, a new Netflix limited series. After editing a wide-range of projects that left me creatively unfulfilled for years, I finally made my way to working my dream job of cutting films and scripted television shows in Hollywood by becoming an assistant editor and getting promoted to full-time editor in two years. But to get here wasn't easy. I made tons of mistakes, faced a lot rejection, and doubted myself. As someone who has sought out and benefited from mentoring, I've taken on the role of mentor to help aspiring editors and assistants in navigating the path to achieving their career goals. I know what it feels like to be out there feeling lost, wasting time scouring the internet for information. I created the Break Into Scripted course to show you how to avoid making mistakes, provide practical information, and help you reach your goals faster. It's what I wish I had when I started my editing career. Let's go on this journey together!

Revealing My Path to Scripted

A Tale of Progress and Lessons Learned

The Course & Community Experience

Along with the video lessons, lifetime access, and free updates, the Break Into Scripted Course & Community Experience gives you access to:

  • 12 x Monthly Live Group Coaching Sessions

    Experience the added advantage of monthly live group coaching sessions. As a Break Into Scripted student and HEM Coaching Community member, you'll benefit from personalized guidance, industry insights, and connecting with your cohorts - taking your post-production journey to new heights. No worries if you can't attend a session, they will be recorded and available for playback.

  • Private Slack Group

    Enjoy access to the Hollywood Editing Mentor private Slack group where you can connect with fellow peers, get feedback, seek valuable career advice, and gain access to exclusive job opportunities. Enhance your experience alongside a network that truly comprehends and supports your ambitions.

  • HEM Video Library...and much more!

    Immerse yourself in the HEM Video Library featuring a treasure trove of educational content, brimming with tips, tricks, and expert insights to enhance your hard and soft skills. Additional benefits include invitations to exclusive in-person networking events, early access to episodes of the Hollywood Editing Mentor Podcast, opportunities to submit questions for guests of the podcast, and more!

Course Curriculum

    1. Course Overview

    2. My Journey to Scripted

    1. [Lesson 1-1] The Goal-Setting Process

    2. [Lesson 1-2] Navigating Your Path to Scripted

    3. [Lesson 1-3] Overcoming Challenges and Distractions

    4. [Lesson 1-4] The Inner Workings of the Post-Production Department

    5. [Bonus Lesson] How To Join The Union (Motion Picture Editors Guild)

    1. [Lesson 2-1] The Cold Outreach Strategy

    2. [Lesson 2-2] Researching Prospects and Contact Info

    3. [Lesson 2-3] Writing Your Message

    4. [Lesson 2-4] The "Don'ts" of Cold Outreach

    5. [Lesson 2-5] You're Not Bothering Anyone

    6. [Lesson 2-6] Analyzing Examples

    1. [Lesson 3-1] Thinking Outside the Box

    2. [Lesson 3-2] Making Your Resume Stand Out

    3. [Bonus Lesson] Tailoring Your Resume to Showcase Your Specialization

    1. [Lesson 4-1] The Power of Networking

    2. [Lesson 4-2] Key Strategies for Successful Networking

    3. [Lesson 4-3] Overcoming Shyness for Success

    1. [Lesson 5-1] Building Confidence as an Assistant Editor

    2. [Lesson 5-2] The Relationship With Your Editor

    3. [Lesson 5-3] Getting Started on a Show

    4. [Lesson 5-4] Project Setup and Organization - Part 1

    5. [Lesson 5-5] Project Setup and Organization - Part 2

    6. [Lesson 5-6] Project Setup and Organization - Part 3

    7. [Lesson 5-7] Demystifying Documents

    8. [Lesson 5-8] Navigating The Workplace

    9. [Bonus Lesson] Keeping Track of Music and Visual Effects

    10. [Bonus Lesson] The Mystery of Turnovers

    11. [PDF] Glossary of Film & Scripted TV Terms

This course includes

  • 51 lessons
  • 13 hours of video content
  • Lifetime access
  • Free updates

What Some of My Former Students Have to Say...

“Joaquin’s mentorship offered me so many incredibly effective techniques that I was able to immediately run with. His program provides specific concepts and directions on how to break into scripted that I could understand. I booked my first Scripted gig just over a month after completing his mentorship program!”

Jose Tafalla, Assistant Editor

“I didn't know how much I needed this course. Though I was hesitant to join because of finances, I'm so happy I did because I can honestly say it was worth every penny. Joaquin is genuine, but realistic in his mentoring approach and offers invaluable advice. It was also nice to have a community of people to talk to who were also looking to break into scripted, because for so long I felt lost and alone in my search for the right path. But now that I've joined the Union as an assistant editor, I tell everyone I meet who's trying to break in about this course because I've had nothing but positive outcomes since I completed it.”

Amanda K. Romero, Assistant Editor

“I can’t recommend Break Into Scripted enough. Joaquin’s advice has been vital for me to decide to step down to Assistant Editor and land my first gig on a scripted TV show. Even though I was miles away in the U.K. I enjoyed every minute of it. It shows that you’ll be able to extract value from this course even though you might not live in LA.”

Janka Troeber, Assistant Editor

“The Break Into Scripted Course is a one-of-a-kind look behind the curtains of working in Hollywood post-production. I can't recommend it enough. It's the only place I've found direct information about working as a scripted editor, what it takes to navigate the industry, and the many mistakes to avoid along the way. Joaquin has built an amazing community that goes beyond what he personally offers in the course, making Break Into Scripted a quite versatile learning experience that easily justifies the cost.”

Michael Irei, Editor

“I've edited various commercial and industrial content over the years but needed the insight to learn how to move to scripted content. Joaquin's Break Into Scripted fit the bill of filling the gaps of what I needed to learn following my specialization studies and certification at UCLA. I feel more confident to take the leap, and following the class, I started the process of joining the roster. Thanks, Joaquin!”

Justin O. Cooper, Editor

“The lessons in this course are intuitive and very intentionally to the point. The modules helped me explore and discover who I wish to be in the TV and Film industry. I can't wait to put all the things I learned to practice. Joaquin is the best!”

Laniqua Richardson, Aspiring Editor

“I found this course within the last few days of registration, so it was a quick decision. It turned out to be an amazing decision because I enjoyed this course so much! Joaquin was insightful on the material he was discussing with us and very open to any type of question we had. It was a very easy-going environment with positive and inspired people. Thank you again for this course and community!!”

Deanna Jackson, Production Assistant

Break Into Scripted

Course & Community Experience

The ultimate playbook to starting a career in film & scripted television includes over 50 lessons with more than 8 hours of content, lifetime access, and free updates. Plus 12 monthly group coaching calls, access to private Slack group and HEM Video Library for a year, and much more! Includes BONUS 20-minute private one-on-one mentorship call.

Break Into Scripted

Course & Community Experience

The ultimate playbook to starting a career in film & scripted television includes over 50 lessons with more than 8 hours of content, lifetime access, and free updates. Plus 12 monthly group coaching calls, access to private Slack group and HEM Video Library for a year, and much more!

Break Into Scripted

Self-Paced Online Course Only

The ultimate playbook to starting a career in film & scripted television includes over 50 lessons with more than 8 hours of content, lifetime access, free updates, and access to recordings of live group Q&A and networking calls.

Alumni Success Stories

Will shares how Break Into Scripted helped him land a job assisting an Oscar-winning editor.

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  • What is Break Into Scripted?

    Break Into Scripted is a self-paced online digital course that will help launch your career in the post-production department of films & scripted television shows. Taught by Joaquin Elizondo, learn the fundamental soft and hard skills needed to land a job in film & scripted tv post-production from the creator of the Hollywood Editing Mentor program and editor of scripted TV show such as NARCOS: MEXICO, DARK WINDS, THE HOT ZONE: ANTHRAX, and the soon-to-be released Netflix limited series, GRISELDA.

  • Who is Break Into Scripted for?

    Break Into Scripted is designed for anyone who is passionate about pursuing a career in the post-production department of films & scripted television shows. Whether you're a high school student exploring your future, a recent college graduate eager to enter the industry, or an individual looking to make a career transition, this course is tailored to guide you toward success. If you have a genuine interest in film & scripted television and are determined to make your mark in the post-production world, Break Into Scripted is for you. Our curriculum is built to accommodate learners with varying levels of experience, from beginners to those who may already have a basic understanding of the field.

  • Is Break Into Scripted only for people that want to work in film & scripted tv in Hollywood?

    Not at all! Break Into Scripted is designed for individuals aspiring to work in the post production department of films and scripted television shows anywhere in the world, not limited to Hollywood. While Hollywood is undoubtedly a significant hub for the industry, the skills and strategies you'll gain from this course are applicable globally. Our curriculum focuses on essential skills, networking strategies, and industry insights that transcend geographical boundaries. Whether you're aiming to work in independent film, regional television, or any other corner of the entertainment world, the principles you learn in Break Into Scripted will empower you to succeed in various settings. We understand that the world of film and scripted television extends far beyond Hollywood, and our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive toolkit to excel in whichever part of the industry you choose to pursue. Join us on this transformative journey and open doors to opportunities worldwide with the knowledge and expertise gained from "Break Into Scripted." Feel free to customize this answer based on your course's focus and the global nature of the film and scripted television industry.

  • How long does Break Into Scripted take to complete?

    The course is self-paced so you can take the time you need to complete the course. My recommendation is completing one module per week. That's a healthy pace to really digest the videos and do the exercises. But you get lifetime access to the course so you can go faster or take your time with it, whatever works best for you.

  • I'm eager to immerse myself, but I fear becoming overwhelmed and losing my focus in the process.

    Let’s dive into the concept of feeling "overwhelmed" for a moment. The sensation of overwhelm often arises when you lack a clear, actionable, and established path to follow. I conceived Break Into Scripted to counteract overwhelm in this regard. This isn't about trying to tackle "all the things, all at once." Instead, it involves embracing meticulously crafted, step-by-step lessons for implementation. As long as you commit to following these strategies in their designated sequence and resist the urge to jump ahead (admittedly challenging!), I assure you of staying on course and achieving your goals.

  • Will your course cover animation? I would love to break into scripted animation.

    While Break Into Scripted is primarily focused on the post-production department of films and scripted television, the concepts and skills you'll learn in this course have a wide-reaching applicability, including the world of scripted animation. The fundamental principles of project setup, organization, networking, and effective communication that we cover are essential across various areas of the entertainment industry. Whether your aspirations lie in traditional animation, CGI, or any other form of scripted content creation, the knowledge and strategies you gain from our course will pave the way for you to create a path towards working in animation. We believe in providing you with a comprehensive toolkit that's adaptable to different sectors within the scripted realm. Break Into Scripted can be your stepping stone not only towards film and scripted television but also towards scripted animation, helping you make your mark in whichever area you're most passionate about. So, whether it's film, television, or the captivating world of scripted animation, our course equips you with the essential skills to pursue your goals and thrive in the creative landscape.

  • Will Break Into Scripted teach me how to edit?

    Break Into Scripted is focused on providing you with the essential skills and strategies to start a career in the post-production department of films & scripted television. Although this course provides insights into storytelling and the editing process, it doesn't specifically teach the technical aspects of editing. Instead, it equips you with insider strategies, networking guidance, and fundamental assistant editor skills crucial for entering and navigating the industry. It's stuff that's not taught in any classroom!

  • Do I need to know Avid Media Composer?

    While having a basic understanding of Avid Media Composer can be beneficial, it is not a requirement to get started with the Break Into Scripted course. We'll guide you through essential skills and concepts, ensuring you have a solid foundation to eventually master Avid Media Composer. The video lessons cover a wide range of topics, including project setup, organization, and fundamental skills of a film and scripted television assistant editor. These skills are essential for thriving in the industry, and they provide a strong base for adapting quickly to more advanced workflows. It's important to note that a significant portion of your learning will happen through on-the-job training, and Break Into Scripted equips you with the key skills needed to excel in real-world scenarios.

  • Is there a refund or cancellation policy?

    Break Into Scripted operates with a commitment to your success and growth. If you try it out and decide it’s not the right fit for you, I’ll refund your money within the first 7 days of enrollment. No questions asked, no hard feelings.