Thelma Schoonmaker and the Movie Magic of ‘Hugo’

November 1, 2011

There’s a joyous moment in director Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, opening November 23 from Paramount Pictures, when Sir Ben Kingsley–– portraying the pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès (1902’s A Trip to the Moon)—performs a magi- cal feat onstage to thunderous applause. It’s but a brief glimpse into a forgotten past. […]

Game-Changer: Moneyball’s Christopher Tellfesen

September 1, 2011

It’s more about a man’s journey and struggle against conventional wisdom than it is about Baseball,” says editor Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E. The film he’s discussing is Moneyball, which opens September 23 through Columbia Pictures, and the man is Billy Beane, por- trayed by Brad Pitt. Based on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book of the same name, it tells the story of Beane, a star high school athlete with a keen mind who played big league Baseball for five years, not particularly distinguishing himself. […]

Post-Post-Production: Sound Bites from Guild Retirees

July 1, 2011

Motion Picture Editors Guild retirees are goldmines of information; they are walking encyclopedias of the industry with priceless experience and wisdom to offer. While the technology may have changed, the necessity of navigating through the challenges of the craft and the politics still remains. […]

The Ultimate Upgrade: James Haygood on Taking ‘TRON’ into the 21st Century

January 1, 2011

In the summer of 1982, Disney and director Steven Lisberger introduced TRON, a landmark special effects film that took us into a dangerous, groundbreaking computer world. Computer graphics were in their infancy, and nearly every frame also featured hand-drawn and rotoscoped ani- mated effects. The film was ahead of its time, and some audiences didn’t know what to make of it. […]

French Twist: Monteuse Francoise Bonnot et ‘La Tempete’

January 1, 2011

After editing all four of Julie Taymor’s films, including the latest, The Tempest, the gender- bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play that opened via Miramax December 10, Françoise Bonnot, A.C.E., has come to believe that the director bridges time by mixing past and present sensibilities and techniques. […]

Striking Just the Right Balance

November 1, 2010

A ”Jack-of-all-trades and master of none” is what I thought of myself until I turned 30. That’s when my wife, Carole Ann, found an ad for an engineering job at CBS. Knowing nothing about the broadcasting industry, I was reluctant, but with the help of my degree from the Western Electronic Institute and some last-minute cram sessions at the library, I was hired as an engineer in the videotape department. […]

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