The Editor Strikes Back:
Cutting Remarks from the Cutting Room

February 28, 2019

With Movers and Shakers: The Monster Makers, long-time editor Tariq Anwar somehow manages to take time away from the bench to write an amusing book about his 30-year career in the film and television industries. The tone is sardonic, the writing straightforward, the many line drawings humorous. […]

When the Film Industry Joined the Gig Economy

February 15, 2019

Virtually every working editor understands that the job is defined as labor as well as creation, craft and, sometimes, art. The Motion Picture Editors Guild ensures that this labor is recognized with credits, respected within the industry and compensated fairly, and ensures that members are not abused by employers nor left destitute in old age. […]

Editors: Do You Know Your Fabula from Your Syuzhet?

August 17, 2018

Post-production professionals are regularly asked why they select specific picture cuts or sound transitions. Those with successful careers know how to discuss, and sometimes defend, their choices in language that producers and directors understand quickly. […]

Man with a Shorinofon:
When Russia Embraced the Talkies

June 12, 2018

Few Americans, even those who work with motion picture sound, have heard of the Tagefon and Shorinofon systems, but readers interested in the intricacies of how sound first meshed with cinema can learn about these machines and the artists who used them. […]

Sonic Echoes from the Pre-Digital Era

June 5, 2018

The period during which the newsletter circulated was a critical and tumultuous one for movie sound. It was clear to all that digital would ultimately replace multi-track analog, but no one knew when, or in what format. […]

Still Hungry for Oscar Stats?
These E-books Are for You

March 6, 2018

With the 2018 Oscar winners’ statuettes now proudly on display on their mantlepieces, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ surplus carefully stowed away for another year, it’s time to take a look at how the 90th annual awards fit into post-production history. […]

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. […]

Assessing the Media Landscape for Common Ground

December 11, 2017

“The Storytellers Dilemma: Overcoming the Challenges in the Media Age” is meant for everyone who works in the media industries, whether in content creation, post-production finance or distribution. […]

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