The accomplishments of an editor can be both mysterious and underappreciated, and nowhere is this more evident than among the editors at Pixar Studios. I discovered their special role in the animation process when I visited Ken Schretzmann at Pixar shortly after he won an Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film in Animation for Toy Story 3. He then became the focus of my panel at EditFest NY; and after all our discussions I now realize how fully Pixar uses the editor’s talents, one of many brilliant strategies that has led to the studio’s extraordinary success.
This past June 10-11 saw the audtitorium of Manhattan's Directors Guild Theatre full of eager students, editors and other creatives who attended the 2011 American Cinema Editor's (ACE EditFest New York. Co-sponsored by digital training center Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the now-annual East Coast event is supported by the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, as well as post industry mainstays Avid, Adobe, AJA, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and others.
Interviews with the industry’s hottest editors and filmmakers – Malcolm Jamieson (Down to the Bone/Treme), David Zieff (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster), Ken Schretzmann (Toy Story 3), Andrew Weisblum (Black Swan) and more.
EditFest NY, the east coast version of American Cinema Editor’s successful EditFest series, (launched in June 2009 at The Director’s Guild Theater in Manhattan) is returning June 10 - 11, 2011. EditFest NY is presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE) and Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop). Over the course of the weekend, EditFest NY will present some of the best known and highly regarded east coast film editors who turned out to mingle, mentor, and present. Last year's event kicked off with an industry insider’s view of how to break into the editing business. The panel was followed by an opening night gala, a wall-to-wall party where panelists from every EditFest NY panel mingled with rapt attendees. The second day of panels of editors from genres including television, documentary, comedy and feature films.