About Betsy McLane

Betsy A. McLane is the author of A New History of Documentary Film: Second Edition. She served as the project director for the American Documentary Showcase, and was the executive director of the International Documentary Association. Contact her at betsy@documentarydiva.com.

Assessing the Media Landscape for Common Ground

December 11, 2017

“The Storytellers Dilemma: Overcoming the Challenges in the Media Age” is meant for everyone who works in the media industries, whether in content creation, post-production finance or distribution. […]

Planet Waves – Walter Murch and the Sounds of the Solar System

August 4, 2017

The title of Lawrence Weschler’s book, “Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists,” is complex and slightly mysterious, fitting for an exploration into the mind of legendary picture editor, sound designer, sound editor, re-recording mixer, writer and director Walter Murch, ACE, CAS, MPSE. […]

A Cutting Room Colloquy

June 7, 2017

Steve Hullfish knows how to talk with editors. In addition to writing five previous books (all published by Focal Press), including The Art and Technology of Digital Color Correction and Avid Uncut, he has extensive post-production credits in both television and film. […]

Early on, a Woman’s Place Was in the Cutting Room

December 2, 2016

“Great film editing begins with great pictures,” said Barbara “Bobbie” McLean in a 1977 interview in Film Comment magazine. She could make such a gracious statement with authority at that point, after cutting for more than 60 years, beginning as […]

Forget It, Jake

June 1, 2016

At a preview screening of the film Chinatown in summer 1974, an official from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is reported to have remarked, […]

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