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, […]

When Movies Opened Their Mouths

August 1, 2015

The technical, artistic and economic tumult that roiled through Hollywood with the coming of sound sometimes led to wildly unusual experiments and partnerships. The widespread adoption of literary works and stage plays was one product of the beginning of the talkies. […]

Knockin’ on History’s Door

June 1, 2015

Sometimes a title can be misleading, but in the case of The Authentic Death & Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western — the title, including ampersand — is part and parcel of ACE member Paul Seydor’s exactingly told story. […]

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? […]

To Protect and Preserve

November 1, 2014

Almost everyone in the business has heard the statistics: Only 10 percent of films made between 1910 and 1920 still exist; 20 percent of the films made in the 1920s survive […]

Winter Reading – And Gifting

November 1, 2011

Despite what you may hear about eBook publishing and digital books, the publication of books about film on “dead trees” (or paper) is very much alive. […]

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