Editing

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The website for the Ace Eddies has a series called Editors on Editing. They have just uploaded one of Kirk Baxter, two time Oscar winner, for Gone Girl. Also, here is one for the editing team on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

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Best Edited Feature Drama
Captain Philips, Christopher Rouse

Best Edited Feature Comedy/Musical
American Hustle Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten

Best Edited Animated Feature
Frozen, Jeff Draheim

Best Edited Documentary
20 Feet from Stardom, Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes

Golden Eddie Award
Paul Greengrass

Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV
Behind the Candelabra, Mary Ann Bernard

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BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

  • Argo, William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
  • Life of Pi, Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
  • Lincoln, Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
  • Skyfall, Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. and William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

(Comedy Musical, Documentary and Animated cats after the cut)

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NOMINEES FOR 62nd ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

The Descendants
Kevin Tent, A.C.E.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.

Hugo
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.

Moneyball
Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

War Horse
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

 

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

The Artist
Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids
William Kerr & Michael L. Sale

Midnight in Paris
Alisa Lepselter

My Week with Marilyn
Adam Recht

Young Adult
Dana E. Glauberman, A.C.E.

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by Stephen Holt

Two-time Oscar Nominated Film Editor (“King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”) Tariq Anwar gave a very exciting and informative talk about this career and the art and craft of Film Editing last week in Manhattan. In conjunction with the enterprising Manhattan Edit Workshop, who annually hosts EditfestNY, the two day Film Editors Fest that attracts the likes of three time-Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker and many,many other industy professionals.

Florence Gould Hall, part of the Alliance Francais on E.59th St., was packed with film editors, professionals, students and cinephiles galore, as Anwar, 66, gave them the very exciting benefit of his lifetime in the film business. And what a life in the editing room it’s been!

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by Stephen Holt

Two-time Oscar Nominated Film Editor (“King’s Speech,” “American Beauty”) Tariq Anwar gave a very exciting and informative talk about this career and the art and craft of Film Editing last week in Manhattan. In conjunction with the enterprising Manhattan Edit Workshop, who annually hosts EditfestNY, the two day Film Editors Fest that attracts the likes of three time-Oscar winner Thelma Schoonmaker and many,many other industy professionals.

Florence Gould Hall, part of the Alliance Francais on E.59th St., was packed with film editors, professionals, students and cinephiles galore, as Anwar, 66, gave them the very exciting benefit of his lifetime in the film business. And what a life in the editing room it’s been!

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Best Edited Feature, Drama: The Social Network
Best Edited Feature Comedy/Musical: Alice in Wonderland
Best Edited Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Edited Documentary : Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best Edited Miniseries or Movie for TV: Temple Grandin
Best Edited 1/2-Hour Series: Modern Family
Best Edited 1-Hour Series: Walking Dead
Best Edited 1-Hour Non-Commercial Series: Treme

The last of the guild awards will choose its winner this weekend. ¬†The Eddie is probably the second most important guild award after the DGA – the reason for this is that they’ve been around a very long time, a lot longer than the majority of the guild awards that are handed out now, like the SAG, like the PGA, etc. ¬†The Eddie has a long history of being matched up with Oscar’s Best Picture; it is incredibly rare for a film to win Best Pic without an editing nom and it starts with the Eddie.

Since 2001, the Eddie and the Oscar have matched up 100% with wins, and out of those six of them won Best Picture. ¬†It’s a decent record – just a smidge over 50%, so that’s not really DGA heft but it’s more heft than any other guild.

This year’s nominees:

  • Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
  • The Fighter, Pamela Martin
  • Inception, Lee Smith, A.C.E.
  • The King‚Äôs Speech, Tariq Anwar
  • The Social Network, Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter

The only one of these that probably can’t win is Inception because it wasn’t nominated for the Oscar – bizarre, I know, but it just wasn’t. ¬†127 Hours took its place. My prediction here is The Social Network because it deserves it. ¬†But since the guilds have been going for The King’s Speech with such enthusiasm it could win here, clean-sweeping the majors. ¬†I could also see The Fighter or Black Swan taking it. ¬†Probably not 127 Hours. ¬†I have to think that the editors will really do their job and choose the most deserving but one can never underestimate the power of the heart light. ¬†¬†Prediction: The Social Network (but I won’t be shocked if The King’s Speech takes it)

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The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers has many great interviews on his site – here is one with the team behind the flawless editing in The Social Network:

Kirk calls the work “all consuming”, the first thing you think of when you wake up and the last thing you think of before your fall asleep. Fincher is famously known for shooting a lot of footage and the movies aren’t the simplest of entertainments.

Nathaniel: Your job just sounds so overwhelming.

ANGUS: David always equates it with how do you eat a whale? One bite at a time.

KIRK: We spend 90% of our time focused on the detail in front of our noses. Only occasionally do we lean back and go ‘What’s the big picture here?’ You have an idea of where you’re supposed to head but you just try not to concentrate on how overwhelming it can be and also on the expectations. You get under an illusion that you’re making a movie for yourself which is reallly healthy.

ANGUS: it’s like running a ultra marathon, there’s no racing through it. You’ve got to plod your way. You just have to do the work and that’s kind of the joy of it as well. At the end you see the fruits of your labors.

[The Film Experience]

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