Albert Brooks’ ‘Modern Romance’

September 1, 2012

Perhaps because I work in this business, or just because I love movies so much, I’m always asked to define which ones I think are the classics. To me, that’s simple: First, when it’s on, I have to watch it — no matter what. […]

My Father, the Soundman: Coming Full Circle on the Fox Lot

September 1, 2012

My anticipation was always a mixture of excitement and fear — excitement that I was going to the studio where my father made movies, but fear because the actual reason for the visit was to see the dentist, which, given my age, could mean the extraction of baby teeth. The fear usually won out. […]

The Busy Boom Years of Local 771

September 1, 2012

The 1980s were very busy years for the East Coast Editors Guild, Local 771, and the period of its highest level of membership. By 1987, more than 1,200 people were working in features and at the television networks. […]

Post-Production Pioneers: The Guild’s Earliest Members – East Coast

September 1, 2012

Television kept post-production people employed during the post-World War II years in New York. Feature film was a West Coast commodity, but the Madison Avenue advertising firms, such as J. Walter Thompson, Benton & Bowles and Hill & Knowlton, among others, were a major part of the “go-go” years in Manhattan. […]

Finding Moments of Humanity: The Instinctual Editing Style of John F. Burnett

September 1, 2012

Midway through George Cukor’s Rich and Famous (1981), there is a scene that, all by itself, encapsulates the witty banter that was the director’s signature. The heroine of the film, a celebrated writer played by Jacqueline Bisset, is in her room at the Algonquin Hotel, ostensibly to be interviewed by a young Rolling Stone journalist (Hart Bochner). […]

Honor Thy Editor

September 1, 2012

As part of their ongoing effort to gain recognition and acknowledgement for picture editors, the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the American Cinema Editors (ACE) launched a Petition for the Recognition of Editors in late June. […]

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