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.
After opening remarks by Randy Roberts, ACE, President of American Cinema Editors, the DGA Theatre in New York took on a hushed tone as the second annual East Coast EditFest got underway June 11. The reason was that the organization remembered on of it's own; Karen Schmeer, ACE. Lucia Small, both a close friend and a client of Schmeer's editing skills, stood up to talk about the young editor whose life ended earlier this year from a tragic hit-and-run accident near her home in Manhattan.
Recently, Manhattan Edit Workshop was honored to present Academy Award winning editor and ACE President Alan Heim to a packed house of colleagues, cutters and film buffs at the Helen Mills Theater in Chelsea
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.