Six-week students take to the streets with concrete skills and a savvy approach to editing: From NBC Universal and BET to feature films, MEWShop alumni find great success in editing world
I just moderated my third panel for EditFest, and although this had only one panelist, it was enough for a feast, because that panelist was the very gifted and gracious Alan Heim. Alan chose to discuss and show clips from Star 80,director Bob Fosse’s final film, which was an unconventional decision. The film was vilified by the critics and audiences found the disturbing and sexually violent subject matter to be difficult viewing. Alan said, “I believe had it not been so well made, maybe it would have been unwatchable.” Fosse had this to say about the film: “The passion I had when I made it is no longer there, but I know it’s technically the best movie I’ve done. I felt completely in control of this story.”
With the advent of Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, the so-called millennial generation is more adept at sharing the details of their daily lives online. But there may now be demand to do so in a more artistic way. Manhattan Edit Workshop, a small New York film school, has started a $2,000 class call "From You to YouTube: Filmmaking Evolved."