Last Call

August 5, 2019

In the final throes of my decade-and-a-half tenure as the Editors Guild’s Publications Director and editor of this publication (and a retiree by the time you read this), my thoughts naturally turn back to the beginning of my journey into this line of work. […]

Beginnings and Endings

June 7, 2019

It’s well known, and often cited, that of all the filmmaking crafts, editing is the only one that did not exist before the advent of moving pictures. In fact, editing was actually created in the process of making those early films — first within the movie camera (or kinetograph or cinématographe) and then after the film was developed and printed, in the phase that became known as post-production. […]

Living Legacies

February 15, 2019

Here we are again at the height of Awards Season, which culminates Sunday, February 24 with the 91st Academy Awards, the legacy awards show. Most Guild members will be watching the telecast at home or at Oscar parties, aside from those lucky few who received nominations in the Achievement in Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing categories and will be watching the proceedings nervously from their seats at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. […]

Last Fair Deal Gone Down?

August 17, 2018

Our nation and our union are currently roiling in the pro-or-con debate of upcoming elections. For the country, it’s the biennial mid-term elections of our congressional representatives and senators as well as state officials in early November, which looks to be more divisive than ever. […]

The Cutting Room Challenge

June 12, 2018

Given the veritable obstacle course of a workflow that the 22-strong picture editorial crew on American Ninja Warrior endures to get the hit sports/reality show to air each week, perhaps the next concept in competition-oriented reality TV programming should be about just that. […]

Totally Involved in the Cutting Room

December 8, 2017

“Editing a film is making the film as much as shooting it or writing it is.” Woody Allen told me that when I interviewed him in 1996 for “DGA Magazine,” for which I served as editor. […]

Out of Boundaries

August 4, 2017

Amazon Studios’ “Transparent” is arguably much more than just a hit web series. It’s a phenomenon that pushes the envelope in terms of social, political and gender-role mores. […]

Sound Judgment

February 15, 2017

As the Motion Picture Editors Guild enters its 80th anniversary year, it’s important to recognize that 2017 also marks the 90th anniversary of the commercial ascendance of motion pictures with synchronized sound, which were called “talkies.” […]

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