Martin Bernstein - Columbia College Chicago

Martin Bernstein

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Adjunct Faculty CTVA • Editing

Over 30 years of professional experience in all genres of film/video editing, i.e. feature, documentary, advertising, TV, music video, etc. A former business owner at Machete Edit and Design, LLC and Fine Cut, Inc., board member of the Association of Independent Creative Editors, and multiple award winner, he brings creative, technical and real world experience to the classroom, with an emphasis on narrative structure and humanism. 

Martin's current post-production company, Real Time, Inc., in association with Compass Point Productions, is in development of several documentary and entertainment projects for marketing to cable and network outlets. In 2014, CPP in association with Towers Productions, Inc., produced an eight episode season of GREAT LAKE WARRIORS, a doc/reality show for The History Channel.

Most recently, he edited a narrative short, The Orange Story, sponsored by The National Park Service, about the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in WWII. Currently working on a documentary about the humanitarian/refugee crisis at the Syrian/Turkish Border.

During the spring, summer and fall, Martin is a US Coast Guard Licensed Master, operating charter boats on Lake Michigan. He also teaches big boat sailing to teen-age men and women through the Sea Scouts program.

Started undergrad study at Northwestern University, finished at Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Film Production.

Instructional Areas

Cinema Editing using Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, with related applications. History and practice in cinema studies, especially episodic television concentrating on editorial motifs used to build story and character arcs.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Documentary and entertainment - cinema and televison


B.A., Columbia College Chicago 2010