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An Essay on Editing Aesthetics

September 12, 2009, 06:43 PM


When do we make an edit? Where do we make an edit? Increasingly in this post-MTV age of cinema, the question arises: How often do we edit? When I’m lecturing at the Directors Guild, teaching editing workshops for the intensive program at Video Symphony, or teaching Avid-certified courses at Moviola Digital, I find the answer is increasingly: "Edit often." Students can show observable anxiety if footage lasts more than a second before another cut is made.

The Edit Bay

September 11, 2009, 06:40 PM


Little Frog in HD now has a podcast titled The Edit Bay. In it Shane Ross gives stories about his work and how he's gotten to where he is today.

Edit Mentor

September 8, 2009, 07:05 PM


The world has changed to the point where virtually anyone who really wants to can grab a camera and some editing software and create their own film and tv content. As a filmmaker, videographer, or film/tv editor you probably know how to push the buttons on your editing system of choice. Let’s face it, any trained monkey can push buttons. In the middle all the button-pushing, it might not always be clear when to push the buttons... and more importantly why.

Cutting Room Eps. 016 - Tom Haneke Pt. 2

September 8, 2009, 12:39 PM


This week Gordon continues his interview with Tom Haneke editor of such films as From Mao to Mozart, American Dream and American Teen. The focus of this weeks discussion is his work on the film American Teen.

Why might large post houses be heading for...

September 6, 2009, 06:25 PM


My friend James Gardiner wrote an interesting post "Are large Post Houses a sunset industry?" and it set me thinking. Now James is writing from an Australian perspective and "large post house" and "boutique" post house have quite different expectations of size than the Australian context. (For example, Alpha Dogs in Burbank bill themselves as a "boutique" post house but in Sydney or Melbourne they’d be one of the larger post houses.)

Assistant Editors and AMA

September 5, 2009, 06:22 PM


The more we move away from tape as a way to get in and out of an Avid — and the more we move to HD — the more people start to wonder what the assistant’s role is. Assistants used to have primary responsibility for input and output. Of course, that’s just one part of the job, but it’s a key part.

Artist In Residence: Carol Littleton

September 4, 2009, 06:21 PM


Manhattan Edit Workshop artist in residence Carol Littleton giving a lecture.

Rosenblum talks about editing 3D

September 3, 2009, 06:19 PM


We stumbled upon this video earlier today in which Steven Rosenblum talks about cutting 3D. It's short but Sweet.

Taking Woodstock, Cut by Cut

September 2, 2009, 06:18 PM


Tim Squyres has edited all but one of Ang Lee’s films, only missing out on Brokeback Mountain due to a scheduling conflict while editing Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana. Nominated for an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Squyres has also worked with Robert Altman (Gosford Park) and Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married). The latest Lee film, Taking Woodstock, was shot on film but telecined to HDCAM, giving Squyres and assistant editor Mike Fay more flexibility—and fidelity—throughout t...

Artist in Residence: Thomas Haneke

September 1, 2009, 06:16 PM


As we mentioned in our podcast with our interview with Tom Haneke. Here's the video of Tom lecturing at MEW.

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