School of Doc

February 16, 2018

Jacob Britta’s book on editing documentary film is a how-to that is firmly lodged in the digital technology of 2018. While new in many ways, it employs basic editing logic and draws on timeless, as well as current, examples to illustrate editing skills. […]

Celebrity Crush

February 16, 2018

In ‘The King of Comedy’ (1983), directed by Martin Scorsese from Newsweek film critic Paul D. Zimmerman’s script, fledgling comic Rupert Pupkin wants to be a star. Obsessed with celebrity itself, he emerges from the subculture of fandom to take a shot at fame by kidnapping late night talk show host Jerry Langford. […]

Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’

February 16, 2018

October 1978. A weekday afternoon in Manhattan. I stumble into daylight, having just experienced something which has so floored me that I’m numb, twisted around, and can’t remember which subway takes me back downtown — so I start walking, trying to make sense of what I’d just seen. […]

John Bloom on ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain?’

January 11, 2018

In the early 1960s, when he first met director Karel Reisz, editor John Bloom already knew his way around a cutting room. By then, the London-born editor had risen through the ranks as an assistant editor to cut several films solo. […]

ACE Announces Eddie Awards Nominees

January 3, 2018

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have announced nominations for the 68th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. […]

Shaping the ‘Detroit’ Sound:
Paul N.J. Ottosson

December 29, 2017

On July 23, 1967, a police raid on an unlicensed after-hours bar in Detroit precipitated five days of major racial violence. A half century later, director Kathryn Bigelow presented a vivid perspective on this uprising and its place in our social history in the film ‘Detroit.’ […]

‘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.” […]

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