About Edward Landler
Edward Landler is a filmmaker, media educator and film historian. He made I Build the Tower, the definitive feature documentary on the Watts Towers, and is currently completing a cultural history of film. He can be reached at edlandler@roadrunner.com.

When Editing Began: The Cut that Launched a Filmmaking Craft

June 7, 2019

By the time film pioneer Georges Méliès made this only slightly exaggerated claim, the making and exhibition of narrative film was establishing itself as a business separate from the variety stage and lecture circuit. As more people visited storefront theatres to see moving picture stories, they watched the art and craft of editing evolving on screens right before their eyes. […]

What Our Members Do: Amanda Nelligan

May 2, 2019

“I read scripts submitted for consideration, providing a synopsis and my analysis of whether they are a good bet for the studio — the pros and cons of premise, character, storyline, dialogue, etc.” […]

What Our Members Do: Larry Sexton

April 1, 2019

“I always loved the challenge of creating emotion, blending photography and telling stories within a single image. With a college degree in photojournalism and art, I started photography freelancing with the Minnesota North Stars (now Dallas Stars) pro hockey team.” […]

What Our Members Do: Rick Owens, MPSE

March 1, 2019

“As a Foley artist creating sound effects on a sound stage, I am responsible for bringing a natural human element to a sound track by re-creating the movements of characters as seen on screen: footsteps, clothes, props, etc.” […]

There’s More Than a Riot Going On!

February 15, 2019

Prisons are not visually attractive. That may be why prison movies were not a significant genre during the silent era. But after the introduction of talking pictures and as sound technology was refined, the 1930s saw the studios turn out over 60 movies set in penitentiaries. […]

Oscar-Worthy Film Editors

February 10, 2019

This year, for the first time since the Academy started giving an Oscar for Best Editing in 1934, all five editors were nominated for their work on movies based on actual events, with casts largely portraying historical figures. Two of the […]

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