Awakening the Force in the Cutting Room

December 24, 2015

Maryann Brandon, ACE, and Mary Jo Markey, ACE, spoke about their collaboration with director J.J. Abrams, and how he has incredible trust in his editors, giving them the time and space to shape the film in the cutting room. […]

The Art of the Supertease

December 1, 2015

What we do doesn’t achieve the kudos that our drama or cinema brothers and sisters do, but our work is still seen by millions of people all over the world and its technique is definitely worthy of more study. […]

The Awakening of ‘Anger’ 25 Years Later

December 1, 2015

This year, as part of its annual selection of fully restored classics, the 72nd International Venice Film Festival presented, along with Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973), Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard (1965) and Sergei Eisenstein’ Alexander Nevsky (1938), among others, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger (1990) — the most recently made of all the dramatic features chosen. […]

The Ultra Challenge of Digitally Editing An Ultra Wide Film

December 1, 2015

Among the challenges of creating The Hateful Eight in “glorious 70mm,” as filmmaker Quentin Tarantino described it in his original screenplay, was the fact that it required an overall post workflow that was highly irregular in many respects — both a throwback to an earlier era and extremely complex at the same time. […]

What Does the Union Do for You?

December 1, 2015

The Guild is a democratic organization. Members need to vote, participate in online and in-person discussions about matters of importance and play a role in steering the union. […]

UNION MADE: Six Degrees of Post-Production Separation

December 1, 2015

Be kind and respectful 
to everyone with whom you work — from the production assistant all the way to the executive producer — because your PA might become your EP before too long. And with every cut, everyone, including me, becomes a better editor. […]

AE: Acrimony Over an Acronym

December 1, 2015

The first time I heard my assistant editor referred to as an “AE,” the hairs on my back went up! I felt it was disrespectful and unbecoming — but why? After all, we call production assistants PAs without offense, so why not call assistant editors AEs? Well, for starters, PAs fetch coffee and deliver scripts, whereas assistant editors perform highly skilled creative and technical work in an artistic craft. […]

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