Keeping the Story Moving: I. James Wilkinson (1897-1967)

May 12, 2012

Picture editor Irving James Wilkinson has unfortunately become the most obscure of the three original founders of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE). Many sources, including the Guild’s own historical records (which were cited in the story on the beginnings of the SMPFE in the JAN-FEB 12 issue of this publication) had him confused with a similarly named contemporary, the sound editor James R. Wilkinson. […]

Norman Z. MacLeod’s ‘Topper’

May 1, 2012

Ghosts. I guess we’re never very far from them. You can’t really see them, but they’re always there. They’re quiet. Every now and then, one pops up, moves the furniture and leaves. You turn around to see the drapes swish and your life has changed. What was that!? […]

Shipping Out and Shaping Up

May 1, 2012

In many American homes in the early 20th century hung a framed poem by Rudyard Kipling, If, which begins with “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…” and ends with “You’ll be a Man, my son.” […]

‘Film Comment’s’ Top 75 Picture Editors

May 1, 2012

Thirty-five years ago, our colleagues at the prestigious film journal Film Comment in New York published a special 24-page section celebrating film editors — “Prime Cut” — which appeared in its March-April 1977 issue. […]

75 Best Edited Films: By the Numbers

May 1, 2012

The 75 Best Edited Films’ years of release range from the 1920s to the 2010s — with 3 titles each in both of those decades. Most of the films cited are from the 1970s (17), followed by the ‘90s (16), the ‘60s (13), the ‘50s (8), the ‘00s (7), the ‘80s (5) and the ‘40s (3). Curiously, there were no films chosen from the 1930s. […]

A Company Man But A Union Man: Ben Lewis (1894-1970)

May 1, 2012

In a way, Ben Lewis, one of the three founding members of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE) — now the Motion Picture Editors Guild — was the quintessential company man, working 45 of his 52 years in the cutting room at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. […]

The 75 Best Edited Films

May 1, 2012

Since CineMontage is celebrating the history of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and its members all throughout 2012, in this […]

UA-83546600-1