Rubén Abruña is the principal instructor of Editing Training. He is an Avid Certified Instructor who teaches all five courses of the Media Composer curriculum. He is also an Adobe Certified Instructor for Premiere Pro CC and an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X. He was also a Final Cut Pro 7 (FCP 7) Certified Trainer. This qualifies him for teaching transitional courses to experienced editors who want to migrate from FCP 7 to either Premiere Pro CC or Avid Media Composer.
Rubén has taught at the University-level and in training centers around the world. He has worked as trainer/educator for Aljazeera, FMC Training, Al Khaleej Training, ADMS Training, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Miami International University, and Universidad Interamericana. During his tenure as Professor at Miami-Dade College, he supervised the post-production unit of the Film/TV Program. He taught all the NLEs as well as Photoshop for video and After Effects. He is currently the Principal Trainer for Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X for ADMS in Dubai, UAE and Al Khaleej Training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Rubén has over twenty years of experience in the film, television and radio industries. He has written, produced, directed, and edited numerous documentaries, commercials, news specials, promos, art and educational programs in New York, San Juan, Miami and Zürich. His credits include work for The Discovery Channel Latin America, PBS, ABC News, Cornell University, Young & Rubicam, World Health Organization, Little Caesars Pizza, Procter & Gamble, and Mitsubishi Motors, among others. He has also worked as English to Spanish translator of Avid’s Media Composer Editing books. Rubén has also extensive experience working as a sound recordist and camera operator.
His vast experience in the production and post-production worlds gives him a unique insight into the workflow requirements of today’s complex productions. He has a clear understanding of the script to screen process and has the knowledge to design a workflow that will seamlessly blend the production and post-production phases of a project.
For many years Rubén has worked as a documentary filmmaker. His love for documentaries began early on, when he studied under the tutelage of pioneers Jean Rouch and George Stoney. As editor his work earned recognition for “South of Brooklyn”, a film about the Jewish community in South Florida, and for La Batalla de Vieques, a documentary about the military use of a small Puerto Rican island by the U.S. Navy.
He recently completed La Casa Ausente / The Absent House, a documentary about a Caribbean designer and a pioneer of green architecture 30 years ago, who today confronts climate change with sustainable constructions such as a house without a roof, a micro-eco-house on wheels, a parachute-house and a solar-electric car. The film has screened in over a dozen film festivals around the world and is currently distributed by Icarus Films in the U.S. and Canada, and by EspressoTV in the rest of the world.
Rubén earned a Master of Arts degree in Cinema Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film/TV Production, both from New York University in the mid-eighties.
Rubén’s base of operations and studio is in Zürich, Switzerland but he is frequently on demand for training in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States and Mexico. He is proficient in English, Spanish and French. He speaks basic German.