Monty the Mentor
In-Demand TV Editor DeGraff Eager to Help Any Assistant Who Asks

February 16, 2018

The editing career of Monty DeGraff has been in sync with some of television’s cultural icons. Starting off with his first editing credit, cutting a 1989 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), followed by five early episodes of Melrose Place (1992-1999) as an assistant editor, he went on to edit throughout five seasons of Law & Order (1990-2010), nine episodes of Daredevil (2015-present), and now several yet-to-air installments of Amazon Studios’ The Man in the High Castle (2015-present) and the pilot of the much-anticipated upcoming ABC sci-fi thriller The Crossing (2018). […]

Train Spotting
Scoring Mixer Bobby Fernandez
Catches ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

February 16, 2018

Robert “Bobby” Fernandez was never in any doubt about what he wanted to be while growing up. “My mother used to take me every week to see a movie in downtown Los Angeles,” he recalls. “I loved to hear film music in those large, historic theatres, the Warner Theatre and the Los Angeles. I always wanted to be a scoring mixer — even before I understood the job. And even though I play a little guitar and bass, I never considered myself to be a musician. I just love being involved with the capturing of movie music. I love film; it’s my passion!” […]

Bridge of Lies
Editor Keith Fraase Shapes
the Political Drama ‘Chappaquiddick’

February 16, 2018

Originally intending to be an actor, Keith Fraase fell in love with behind-the-camera work while at the University of Texas at Austin. Then he thought he wanted to be a cinematographer, but eventually fell into an apprentice editor job with Sandra Adair, ACE, to replace a friend who was leaving that position on Elvis and Annabelle (2007). From Adair, he learned a work ethic, a sense of a film family and a love of editing that would serve him well after she later referred him to director Terrence Malick. […]

‘Wonder’ Woman

December 8, 2017

Over the past two decades, editor Alisa Lepselter, ACE, has worked on a range of films. Her credits include a caper set in the cookie business, a farce focused on a filmmaker afflicted with blindness, and a crime story populated by England’s upper classes. […]

Wishful Shrinking

December 8, 2017

In a CNN.com article about picture editor Kevin Tent, ACE, on the occasion of his Academy Award nomination for cutting director Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” (2011), actress Laura Dern was quoted as saying of the editor: “Kevin’s art lies in the genius of trusting human beings.” […]

Deaf Jam

December 8, 2017

Picture editor Affonso Gonçalves, ACE, and sound editor/sound designer/re-recording mixer Leslie Shatz solved a cinematic conundrum for director Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck.” […]

Disney’s Deus Ex Machine Shop

December 8, 2017

In the early days of the motion picture industry, progress often required that new technologies be innovated by a studio that was advancing the art of cinema. […]

Deconstructing Woody

December 8, 2017

The year was 1976. The place was the New York brownstone of editor Ralph Rosenblum, ACE. And the film was Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, released the following year to wide acclaim and four Oscar wins. One day after work, Allen and Susan E. Morse, ACE — later his main editor, then an assistant editor — found themselves leaving the cutting room at about the same time. […]

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