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  • From Directing “Crash Pad” To Editing “Downsizing”: An Interview With Kevin Tent

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    By: Marjorie Galas At first glance, “Downsizing” seems like a large stylistic departure for director Alexander Payne.   Re-uniting with Jim Taylor, who, along with Payne, co-wrote “Citizen Ruth”, “Election”, “About Schmidt”, “Sideways” and “The Descendants”, the two scripted a sci-fi/fantasy/comedy that explores life after an irreversible medical procedure miniaturizes humans, making them mere inches tall. …

     

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  • Lillian E. Benson Receives Fellowship/Service Award From Motion Picture Editors Guild

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), Local 700 IATSE, will honor member Lillian E. Benson, ACE with its prestigious Fellowship and Service Award.   Benson will be presented this distinguished honor by director and frequent collaborator Zeinabu Davis at a ceremony taking place Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The Fellowship and Service Award was established 10 years…

     

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  • A Swell Of Sound In “Manchester By The Sea”: An Interview With Jacob Ribicoff

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    By: Marjorie Galas Working with director Kenneth Lonergan on the soundscape for “Manchester by the Sea” piqued Jacob Ribicoff’s creative interest. Joining the project as Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer and Sound Re-recording mixer, Ribicoff saw the potential he could have in adding to, and lifting, the story off the screen. “Kenny had a specific…

     

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  • Praise Spread From Interns To Masters At 2017 Eddie Awards

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The 2017 American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards had the distinction of recognizing two of its past interns with their first Eddie nomination: Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon, the team behind “Moonlight.”  Before kicking off the event with the presentation of the Heritage Award to the founders of the internship program, the org’s new president…

     

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  • Cutting “Moonlight” : A Discussion With Editor Joi McMillon

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Working on “Moonlight” was something of a college reunion for editor Joi McMillon.  McMillon, who received her first Best Editing Oscar nomination for her role in the film, worked on many of classmate Barry Jenkins projects while studying at Florida State University along with “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski, DP James Laxton and co-editor Nat Sanders. …

     

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  • Schoonmaker, Ashikaga To Receive ACE Career Achievement Honors

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    American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present veteran editors Janet Ashikaga, ACE and Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE with the organization’s prestigious Career Achievement honors at the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards. The event will take place Friday, January 27, 2017 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose…

     

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  • Editor Hughes Winborne Describes Process Behind “Fences”

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    Whether traveling through the universe with an unlikely band of misfits or following the family dynamics that churn in their own back yard, editor Hughes Winborne skillfully cuts the story.  Winborne’s attention to the craft of editing has defined some of the most notable films of the last twenty years, from Billy Bob Thorton’s “Sling…

     

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  • La La Land, Moonlight, Deadpool Amongst 2017 Eddie Noms

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The American Cinema Editors (ACE) today released the nominations for the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards.  The Eddies recognize outstanding editing in feature films, television and documentaries.  Winners will be revealed during ACE’s annual award ceremony on Friday, January 27, 2017 being held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be presided over by ACE President, Stephen Rivkin. During…

     

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  • “It’s Not Going To Be Easy But It’s Going To Be Awesome”: Director/Editor Clay Tweel On Making “Gleason”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Clay Tweel became enamored with the documentary genre after working on “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” Prior to that film, he’d spent his time on set learning the ins and outs of production design, focusing his attention on color and design theory.  “King of Kong” director Seth Gordon brought Tweel into the film’s…

     

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  • Editor Paul Crowder Discusses His Work On “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Paul Crowder seemed destined to edit “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.”  During the seventies his father, a ranking figure at Decca, worked directly with Paul McCartney and other A list musicians.  A musician himself since the age of eleven, Crowder briefly followed his father’s footsteps, working first in packing at Decca…

     

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  • Creating A Hair-Raising Atmosphere In “Rats” – An Interview With Editor/Composer Pierre Takal

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    A synth heavy beat propels “Rats” – the latest documentary from the mind of director Morgan Spurlock.   After watching footage that highlights the universally prevalent rodent, composer Pierre Takal determined the instrumentation would present a mood Spurlock was craving.  “Rats”, after all, was more than an educational film; it was a merging of the documentary…

     

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  • The Real World: Real Progress And Real Problems Discussed At 2016 VES Summit

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The real world took center stage at the 2016 Visual Effects Summit held October 29th at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills.  From developments in China’s film industry that have affected the countries appetite for foreign, specifically US, films to the use of virtual and augmented reality in the medical field and US Counter Terrorism…

     

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  • “Racing Extinction” Producers Olivia Ahnemann and Fisher Stevens On Their Emmy Nominated Work

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Olivia Ahnemann and Fisher Stevens are producers with a strong pedigree. They were both involved with the production of the groundbreaking documentary “The Cove” – a film that used sophisticated production equipment to expose the cruel torture and murder of dolphins in an isolated coastal region of Japan.  While they have both been involved with numerous…

     

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  • EditFest LA Announces Date/Location

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced its annual day celebrating editors and their craft, EditFest, will return to Los Angeles on August 6, 2016.  Launched in LA in 2008, EditFest now has annual events in New York and London that offer participants the opportunity to learn from award-winning film and television editors who share their insights and experiences….

     

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  • Piecing Together The “Deadliest Catch” World: An Interview With Editor Josh Earl

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    By Marjorie Galas Working on “Deadliest Catch” has been a dream for editor Josh Earl. After joining the series as an assistant editor at the end of season one, he was soon promoted to editor and cutting his own episodes by season three.  Now, twelve seasons into “Deadliest Catch”, Earl remains committed to the stories…

     

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  • Editor Stacey Schroeder On The Emmy Nominated Pilot For “The Last Man On Earth”

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    Calling herself “editor” is still something Stacey Schroeder is savoring. After years of paying her dues in the edit suite working as an assistant or first assistant editor, Schroeder graduated to helming the department on series including “Eastbound and Down”, “You’re the Worst” and “Garfunkel and Oates.” Thanks to her outstanding contributions on the 2015…

     

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  • Rajskub, Platt, Damon Entertain At 2015 ACE Eddie Awards

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    By: Marjorie Galas Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, host of the 65th Annual Eddie Awards held Friday, January 30th warmed up the packed to capacity room with jokes indicated editors were able to increase Ben Affleck’s “presence” in the much hyped nude shower scene during “Gone Girl.” “Give him three more inches,” joked Rajskub an editor in…

     

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  • Editors Are Spielberg’s Heroes

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    Golden Eddie Award honoree Steven Spielberg informed attendees at the American Cinema Editors 63rd Annual Eddie Awards that sitting with editors early in his career was his personal film school that taught him everything he needed to know as a director. “When I was first starting out, the editors were the only ones who would…

     

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  • Editors Reflect On Longstanding Partnerships With Directors

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    Long time collaborators where the headline attraction at this year’s ACE Eddie Awards, presented on February 18th.   Many of the evening’s nominated editors had a partnership with their directors that spanned over forty years, and each of these editors reflected on the new challenges these faced as their directors experiment with new technologies.  Thelma Schoonmaker,…

     

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