Upcoming Dates

Making the Cut with Bobbie O'Steen: Volume 1 (Evening Class)


Click here to see Making the Cut: Volume 2 (Evening Class)



“O'Steen uses her insider knowledge and sensitivity to the work of editors to expose the techniques, or rather the feelings, and the instincts behind "making movie magic."  - Editor Carol Littleton, ACE (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Big Chill) 

The purpose of this evening course is to reveal the art and technique of master editors through the screening and discussion of their work.   By doing a cut-by-cut analysis, Bobbie will explain the strategies and decisions behind the editing of many successful films - based on extensive interviews from her books, panels, and event series - which will ultimately empower you to become a better editor and storyteller yourself. 


Class Schedule:

Week 1

FROM DAILIES TO FINAL CUT: Revolutionary use of camera, editing, and music.

Film - The Graduate.

DIALOGUE: Eyelines, beats, and subtext.

Films - 12 Angry Men, Moneyball, What About Bob? The Insider.  


Week 2                                                                   

PROBLEM SOLVING: Sleight of hand and controlling focus.                                                                                            

Films - Body Heat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gosford Park, Rachel Getting Married

BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS: Setting up a world and the payoff.  

Films - Annie Hall, Manhattan, Bonnie & Clyde, Michael Clayton

Special Guest Editor during week 2 TBD!  Past guest editors include Michael Berenbaum, ACE (Sex and the City, The Americans), Stephen Rotter (The Right Stuff, Enchanted), and Craig McKay, ACE (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs)


Who is this class for?

Editors, Assistant Editors, Post Supervisors, Directors, Producers and Filmmakers


Evening Class Dates:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Evening intensives are from 7:00pm - 9:30pm.  

Regular Price: $695  (registration is under evening drop down tab)



Click here to see our Making the Cut: Volume 2 (Evening Class).



Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with film students, professionals and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy-nominated editor and author of two acclaimed books about editing. Cut to the Chase is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen; and her second book, The Invisible Cut, deconstructs classic movie scenes through a cut-by-cut analysis.

She has taught graduate school workshops at NYU and contributes commentary and interviews about the art of editing for The Criterion Collection releases. She has moderated numerous panels honoring master editors at EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA and 92Y Tribeca. She is now partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop to regularly host her evening event series in NYC called “Inside the Cutting Room.” She has also written for such publications as ACE’s CinemaEditor Magazine, which recently named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”

O’Steen’s next project is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editor's pioneering role in computer animation.  For more information go to  bobbieosteen.com.


**Note: The curriculum above comprises planned material typically covered in the class.  The instructor may, at her discretion, adjust the lesson plan or scenes shown in class to meet the needs of the class.

Cost: $695

Certification cost: NA