Who Were the True Auteurs in Post-Production? Ask the Monitor Man

June 7, 2019

George Larkin offers a startling premise in the book Post-Production and the Invisible Revolution of Filmmaking: From the Silent Era to Synchronized Sound, one that may delight some readers while offending others. He states the fact that post-production work is critical to all filmmaking but takes that fact further, stressing that post is the major driver of film creation, eclipsing all else. […]

The Long Journey to Overnight Success

June 7, 2019

I don’t remember exactly how I fell in love with storytelling. Perhaps it was because I was read to as a child — a lot. Editing is a different story. I first touched an Avid in 1999 as a summer intern in the creative services department at McDonald’s (yes, that one), and was hooked. I returned to Ball State University and would spend nights in the college editing bays, cutting anything I could, powered by Cherry Coke and Hostess frosted honey buns. […]

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. […]

The Talented Mr. Ridley:
First Bio on Filmmaker Scott

June 4, 2019

Sir Ridley Scott’s extraordinary career in television and motion pictures is long overdue for a thorough historical and critical examination. Today, with books on almost every imaginable cinematic subject popping up regularly, the lack of definitive writing on Scott seems an odd omission. […]

Tommy Vicari on ‘Road to Perdition’

February 15, 2019

You might say that Tommy Vicari, CAS, is the beneficiary of good timing. A few years after director Sam Mendes and composer Thomas Newman were the toast of the film world for the Academy Award-winning American Beauty (1999), Vicari was asked to serve as scoring mixer on their follow-up film, Road to Perdition (2002). […]

The Importance of Enforcement

February 15, 2019

As part of the IATSE union, the Editors Guild is fortunate to have plentiful resources to offer many benefits for our membership. These include training, seminars, mixers and screenings, to name a few. […]

Christine Culler on ‘Minority Report’

January 7, 2019

While working at 20th Century Fox in the early 1990s, story analyst Christine Culler was assigned a steady diet of romantic comedies and children’s books. Then, in 1995, a different sort of project came across her desk: ‘Minority Report,’ a futuristic suspense film, heavy on action and low on meet-cutes. […]

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