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An Ear for a Career

January 1, 2009

A very summer, my family got invited to the Paramount Studio picnic by my uncle, Al Zuniga. New movie and TV stars would appear; most notably for me were the Cartwrights from Bonanza. Al was Paramount’s trailer editor and his job really intrigued me. […]

Jacques Tati’s ‘Playtime’

January 1, 2009

Comedy, as they say, is all in the timing. Therefore, a comic’s best friend has got to be the film editor. But how does one become a good comedy editor? First, I believe, a person must have a natural instinct for what’s funny. […]

An Interpretive Anthropology

January 1, 2009

John Thornton Caldwell, a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA, has published an up-to-date field study of contemporary production. […]

‘Broadway’ Playback

January 1, 2009

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film legacy is its musicals. Perhaps because it was the most politically conservative of the major studios, MGM was more comfortable with melodramas and musicals than with social issues. […]

The Eastwood Sanction

January 1, 2009

“A movie is like a clay statue and editorial is the final part of that molding.” – Clint Eastwood […]