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November 13, 2008, 7:11 pm
Post-election humor abounded at the third annual Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Awards ceremony, held November 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. From HPA president Leon Silverman’s saluting "Joe the Editor," to MC Wil Shriner declaiming that he’d just lost his job as Sarah Palin’s personal shopper, the clearly expressed mood was one of hope for better times in the industry. As Silverman said, "These are challenging times in Hollywood and particularly for post, which is going...
November 10, 2008, 7:00 pm
Location, location, location...Choosing the right location for your editing suite is arguably the single most important decision you will make and making the right decision could save you a ton of money and time. If possible, do not place your editing suite next to the mechanical room or an elevator shaft and avoid exterior walls and windows next to train tracks, busy streets or airports. A room that’s shielded from adjacent rooms by a hallway or closet is ideal. Take advantage of the floor...
November 10, 2008, 6:59 pm
Max Payne is the latest example of Hollywood’s yen for adapting the video game for the silver screen. With Mark Wahlberg in the title role and directed by John Moore, this thriller—which also stars Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris and Nelly Furtado—was shot in 35mm 3-perf in Toronto.
November 3, 2008, 6:42 pm
Now that the dust has cleared and we will be seeing lots of popular movie titles on Blu-ray discs for our home entertainment, there are lots of directors and DPs stopping in at film restoration shops to see how their work looks all cleaned up, in 1080p HD and with their deleted scenes reinstated. Older films, like The Godfather, are undergoing intricate rehabilitation. And there are those that are older still: think Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove. Or the Three Stooges. Post recently talked...
October 30, 2008, 6:36 pm
Archival footage, scenes differing in aspect ratio, a movie that tiptoes the line between documentary and fiction; for even the most established editor, these things could become a real headache in the cutting room. But for Eric Poydar, writer-director-editor of the faux-documentary Larry (the Actor), the challenge of seamlessly interweaving different forms of footage into a present day narrative about Larry (Lionel Mark Smith), an actor on the verge of giving up his livelihood, was met with...
October 28, 2008, 6:33 pm
A talented actor and an imaginative director are only part of what makes a horror movie so terrifying. Where would scary flicks be without the clever cuts and camera angles that make us jump in our seats?
October 23, 2008, 6:28 pm
His dilligence and creativity brought him to the next step of his career at RKO: assistant editor. Wise built on his knowledge of film employed as an assistant editor on the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie, CAREFREE (1938). Then, with William Hamilton and Henry Berman as his editing guides, Wise worked on Garson Kanin's BACHELOR MOTHER (1939;) the critically acclaimed and popular HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, (1939); and Mark Sandrich's THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939).
October 22, 2008, 6:22 pm
Back in August, the American Cinema Editors staged the first EditFest at Universal Studios. In this comprehensive event (co-sponsored by the Editors Guild and Avid), more than two dozen of the profession’s current and rising stars fanned out over four separate panels to show clips, share reminiscences, discuss the creative impact and business of editing, and offer career advice to a combined and eager audience of students and working pros. Following are some of the highlights of those panels.
October 15, 2008, 6:13 pm
Nothing speaks like experience, so DV recently caught up with six working editors. Each took time out of their busy schedules to talk about the past, present and future of their favorite non-linear editing tools.
October 11, 2008, 6:07 pm
Editing is an integral part of creating suspense in a film—anyone who has seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) can attest to that. For a film like The X-Files: I Want to Believe (whose creators were so intent on producing a suspenseful aura for its audience that only a very elite group of those involved were given full scripts), having a skilled editor was crucial to its success. It made perfect sense when the moviemakers behind the film called in Richard A. Harris, an editor with plenty...
Gordon sits down with the Sound Design team (Just nominated for an Oscar) for A Quiet Place. Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadah ...
Gordon sits down with Wyatt Smith to discuss the editing of Mary Poppins Returns and the challenges the film presented him in ...
Gordon sits down with Chayse Irvin to discuss his approach to shooting BlacKkKlansman and his theories about cinematography.
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