Manhattan Edit Workshop Announces New Class Series with Film Historian and Author Bobbie O’Steen


'Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen’ courses explore the editor’s endgame decisions from inside the cutting room

New York, New York – Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the east coast's top school in the post-production industry, for cutting edge certified training and for filmmakers learning the art and craft of editing, has just announced weekend dates for the ‘Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen’ class series this January 2017.  The purpose of this course is to understand the art and technique of master editors through screening and discussion of their work.  How do they decide what shot to use and when exactly to cut in and out of that shot? How do they shape actors’ performances and fit the puzzle pieces together to make a story work? O’Steen will reveal the wisdom and strategies of master editors by taking you through a cut-by-cut analysis of many classic movie scenes, based on interviews from her popular books, panels, and event series. Ultimately, you’ll develop a deeper knowledge of the thinking behind the editing process, empowering you to become a better editor and storyteller yourself.

Carol Littleton, ACE (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Big Chill) notes “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." Adds MEWShop President Jason Banke “Bobbie O’Steen’s wealth of knowledge and insight gained from extensive research and years of interviews with master editors is second to none. These intensive courses about the decision-making process of editing taught by someone of Bobbie’s caliber is an experience that existing and aspiring editors and filmmakers will not want to miss.”

Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 1 - Saturday & Sunday,  January 7 - 8, 2017   from 10am – 6pm

Cost: $695.00

DAY 1:  From Raw Footage to Final Cut: The Making of Two Classics.

Scenes from - The Graduate and Rosemary’s Baby

DAY 2: The Biggest Challenges: Beginnings, Endings and the Dialogue Scene.

Scenes from – Breathless, Bonnie & Clyde, Manhattan, Michael Clayton, Up, Gosford Park, Rachel Getting Married, Moneyball


Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 2 - Saturday & Sunday, January 13 - 14, 2017  from 10am – 6pm

Cost: $695.00

DAY 1: The Musical and Action Scene - Playing with Sound, Motion, and Time.

Scenes from - A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Big Chill, The French Connection, The Right Stuff, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Argo

DAY 2: The Sex and Suspense Scene – Power of Psychology and Point of View.

Scenes from - Body Heat, Don’t Look Now, Out of Sight, Unfaithful, Chinatown, Silence of the Lambs, Black Swan



Students can register here.  Our Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 1 & Volume 2 courses are located under the “two-day/weekend” drop down menu.  Prospective students can sign up for both Making the Cut: Volume 1 & Volume 2 courses and receive 10% off the total price (Regular Price is $1,390.00 - $695.00 for each class). By bundling these classes the discounted total price is $1,249.00!  Please indicate in the comments section of the registration page that you are signing up and taking both classes to receive the discounted bundle price. 


About Bobbie O’Steen

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.   You can find out more information at                                                                                        

About Manhattan Edit Workshop – Certified Training in New York City & Your City

Headquartered in the Flatiron District of New York City, Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing cutting-edge instruction on Apple®, Adobe® and Avid® platforms. Since then, MEWShop has added Digital Cinema Production classes, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk® Smoke®, Avid assistant editor workshops, Assimilate Scratch training and advanced color correction classes to its already impressive curriculum. MEWShop’s signature Six-Week Intensive is a jump-start for anyone looking for a career in post-production, while weekend and one-week courses introduce and solidify core editing concepts. Corporate and group training offer a customized curriculum, either in-house or on-site, for professionals eager to learn a new skill or to build on existing ones. The facility’s focus on small workshops, highly skilled and certified faculty and a results-oriented curriculum have quickly won it the reputation as New York’s premier post-production teaching facility.

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