Carol Littleton's body of work as an editor spans several decades and genres, from the 1970s to the present. She's perhaps best known for her collaborations with Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan, on films including E.T., The Big Chill, and The Manchurian Candidate, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on E.T. MEWShop's Director of Education Janet Dalton, talked to her about her early career and how studying literature made her a stronger editor.
On a wintry Thursday evening in late February, Carol Littleton, ACE spoke to a crowd of more than 50 filmmakers at the New York Editors Guild office. In her presentation, the then Artist-in-Residence at the Manhattan Edit Workshop--who is a former President of the Guild and currently the organization's Vice President--described techniques of creating character and thematic introductions in her films.
Whether you know Carol Littleton’s work from films like Steven Spielberg’s E.T., Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, or Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate, chances are you know her work. Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Six Week Intensive Art of Editing Course is honored to have her as the first Artist in residence of 2007.