About Debra Kaufman
Debra Kaufman has been writing about film/TV technology and business for 25 years, for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Wired. She also authors the MobilizedTV.com blog. Reach her at dkla99@verizon.net.

Julia Wong Gets ‘The Last Word’

February 15, 2017

As the new comedy The Last Word premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 24, editor Julia Wong, ACE, was recalling to CineMontage what a great experience she had cutting the movie. “Director Mark Pellington was a great collaborator and so much fun to work with,” she says. “We hit it off right away.” […]

Oscar’s Favorite Sound Editors: 2017

February 10, 2017

On January 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars. The sound editing teams behind Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, and Sully were all nominated. CineMontage spoke to these sound editors about the challenges and highlights of working on their respective movies. […]

Technical Challenges

August 1, 2016

The CBS-TV hit Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen and now in its 18th season, has a winning formula: Viewers watch a diverse group of people living together in a house, as […]

Gurus of the Guild

June 1, 2016

Mentoring has always been key to the art and craft of editing. In the days before film schools, it was the only way to learn the techniques and practices of the so-called “invisible art,” […]

The VFX Factor

March 31, 2016

An informative panel discussing the workflow for visual effects in the editing suite, as part of the ongoing “Partnerships in the Editing Room” seminar series, which examine editorial workflow in television and the relationships of the editorial department and post producers. […]

Post Moderne: A Resource and Reference Tool

February 1, 2015

When nonlinear editing systems first appeared nearly 25 years ago, a lot of people scratched their heads. Who could edit with a picture you could barely see and a hard drive that couldn’t hold even a reel of images, on a new-fangled personal computer that was likely to crash? […]

Dane A. Davis on ‘The Matrix’

November 1, 2014

When sound designer/supervising sound editor Dane A. Davis, MPSE, attended the audience preview for The Matrix (1999), he — as well as directors Andy and Lana Wachowski (then known as the Wachowski Brothers) — had no idea what to expect. […]

Plugged-In for Picture: What Film Editors Are Using

July 1, 2014

In the MAY-JUN 14 issue of CineMontage, writer Mel Lambert surveyed sound designers, sound editors and supervising sound editors about the Digital Audio Workstation add-ons that they use to get the job done. In this issue, we’ve asked picture editors what their plug-in choices are. […]

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