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  • Final Day at Edit Fest

    Final Day at Edit Fest

    June 15, 2009, 2:03 pm
    So here I am on the bus heading back to Toronto and I have twelve hours to spare so I should recap what happened on Saturday. Unfortunately, Thelma Schoonmaker didn’t make it to the panel, which upset a lot of people. However, the ACE handled this well, they had everyone stay at the end of the day for Pizza and Beer. This gave the students and assistants there a chance to mingle and get their name out.

    So here I am on the bus heading back to Toronto and I have twelve hours to spare so I should recap what happened on Saturday. Unfortunately, Thelma Schoonmaker didn’t make it to the panel, which upset a lot of people. However, the ACE handled this well, they had everyone stay at the end of the day for Pizza and Beer. This gave the students and assistants there a chance to mingle and get their name out.
    I must say that by far the best panel was the documentary panel, titled The Documentary Edit: The Process of Discovering Truth. The speaker's on this panel were lively, funny and engaging and included Tom Atkin as the moderator, Robert Eisenhardt, A.C.E., Tom Haneke, Sam Pollard, Karen Schmeer, A.C.E. and Lawrence Silk A.C.E. Karen Schmeer gave fantastic insight into her work. The key idea she put forward is that in real estate it’s location, location, location. In documentary it’s character, character, character.
    Tom Haneke was probably the most excited to express his ideas, bringing with him a film that he produced for an earlier talk he gave at his daughters school. The film showed the progression of a scene from the second Woodstock film. A great example of how the scene changes and progresses in the editing room.
    Sam Pollard, who cuts for Spike Lee on many projects was quite funny and very engaging. I would love to spend a day in his cutting room watching him work! He talked about the importance of music for him while he cuts and how he would start a film by going through his musical catalogue or going to the library to find the perfect piece to get him in the mood. Sam also pointed out that as an editor in documentaries you have to realize you may fail many times before the cut begins to work and he encouraged everyone to just keep cutting.
    I feel that the audience wasn’t expecting such an exciting talk about documentaries. Many were looking forward to the feature talk but after the doc talk there was a buzz in the air.

    The editors on the comedy panel set the day up well with go a good sense of humour. The editors that stood out were Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. who set up a small joke for the audience when he showed a clip of two characters, from Sex and the City, fighting. Michael prepped us by saying that we were about to witness a fight between two of the main female characters. The lights dimmed, the curtain opened, and the screen projected Michael Berenbaum Sex and the City Clip. All of a sudden we see the wolfman and Frankenstein fighting. Josh, the moderator, yells out thats not the clip and when the lights go up Michael put the mic to his mouth and said "Heads are gonna roll" with a sly smile.
    The comedy panel also had Troy Takaki, A.C.E. who was quite a spark on the stage. He talked about how if the comedy isn’t in the material it’s not on the screen and the problems that might occur with that. He pointed out you may have to work a scene over and over till it’s funny. As well, what you find funny might not be funny to an audience so it is best to test it with friends.

    In the TV talk, Small Screen Big Picture, Alexander Hall, pointed out that talking about editing is like dancing about architecture. Together the panel agreed that as an editor on TV comedies one needs to go back to the writers to get input. Why? That’s easy – they know what’s funny and can give you great insight into why a particular joke is funny. Kate Sanford, A.C.E., made a great point, the relationship with a director in TV is like a Las Vegas relationship, it lasts four days. To which she got a good laugh.
    In the end it was a great event with great insight and in the coming weeks The Manhattan Edit Workshop, the group who helped run the event, and Art of the Guillotine will be posting the audio and video for you to view yourself. In August, Art of the Guillotine will be heading out to LA to report on the LA Edit Fest so keep checking back!

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