One lovely Saturday this summer, over 300 editors, filmmakers, and post-production professionals opted to pack the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway for a full day of panels focused on the art of editing documentary films, episodic TV and visual effects.
In 2002, Josh Apter was a freelance Avid editor who also had a few private training clients on the side, a couple of whom were keen on learning Final Cut Pro. "There was always this notion in my head that knowing both programs was going to be an important thing for an editor," he recalls. Apter guessed correctly, for today, Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEW) is thriving as both an Apple authorized training center and an Avid authorized education center, and has just built out its new 2,600-square-foot headquarters at 80 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
On a chilly evening this past Februrary, the Motion Picture Editors Guild and training center Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEW) present an evening with noted independent film editor Curtiss Clayton.
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.
As the editor of Focus Features' fall release Hollywoodland, Michael Berenbaum can empathize with the plight of the film's real-life character, George Reeves and perils of being typecast. Television's first Superman, Reeves (played by Ben Affleck) slowly deteriorates throughout the film's flashbacks as his dreams of becoming a serious actor are crushed by the very public weight of his red cape.