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.
The 2010 EditFest NY, presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE) and the Manhattan Edit Workshop, will give editors and those interested in editing the chance to learn from some of the best editors currently in the business, including the editors of Avatar, Precious and the Pirates of the Caribbean series—all of whom will be on hand to talk about their process and interact with attendees. Festival organizer Josh Apter, of Manhattan Edit Workshop, answered some our questions about the highly-anticipated event, which takes place on June 11th and 12th, 2010.
Touted as the first seminar of its kind about the art and technique of film editing, EditFest NY returns to Manhattan on June 12 to bring aspiring moviemakers together with some of the most sought-after editors in the biz. Presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop and American Cinema Editors, the weekend event offers attendees Q&A sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities at an opening night gala reception.
Every moviemaker knows that a film never truly takes shape until it makes way to the editing room. A great editor is a much a necessity for a successful film as as a talented writer or director. If it seems like well-known directors work with same editors over the course of their movies career that's because, well, they do!