Wednesday
Oct012014

2015 OPEN CALL IS NOW CLOSED

October 1, 2014

Thank you to all who applied. We're reviewing the applications now. Applicants will be notified of their status in January, 2015. Sorry for the long wait!

Monday
Sep292014

COLIN INTERVIEWS NIELS PAGH ANDERSEN, EDITOR OF "THE ACT OF KILLING"

September 29, 2014

In his third post for POV's Documentary Blog, 2014 Fellow Colin Nusbaum has a fascinating interview with Niels Pagh Andersen, editor of "The Act of Killing":

Colin Nusbaum: The Act of Killing looks at evil so closely. Looking at a character like Anwar, your main subject of the film, as the face of that evil, I am curious how you dealt with the needs of the audience, and their willingness to watch a person who is the embodiment of that.

Niels Pagh Andersen: Before I came on, Joshua [Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing] was sitting in London for almost a year with two junior editors, so I got around 35 hours of edited scenes, but without structure, and we had to recut the scenes. That’s where we built Anwar as the main character. We were re-editing the scenes from his point of view. It wasn’t just what everyone was doing, it was how does that affect Anwar.

Read on...

Wednesday
May282014

COLIN BLOGS ABOUT "HOW TO SURVIVE AS AN ASSISTANT EDITOR"

May 28, 2014

On today's POV Blog, 2014 Fellow Colin Nusbaum is interviewed about the role of the assistant editor:

What are the responsibilities of an assistant editor? Do they vary from job to job, or are they very well defined?

Each film is going to be very different. I’ve rarely ever replicated the exact process as an assistant, but always took it upon myself to carefully consider what might work best given the technicalities and goals for each film. Naturally, that also meant that if an editor was already set to work on the film that I would check in with him or her about organizational preferences.

Read on...

Thursday
Mar062014

COLIN NUSBAUM ON THE FELLOWSHIP, STORIES WORTH TELLING, AND KAREN

by Colin Nusbaum, 2014 Fellow

I think I inherited a skepticism and penchant for realism from my father. He liked to watch sports games, and when I was little, I liked to watch them with him. We were not deterred that our favorite teams from Detroit didn’t win very often because the journey of a game was enough entertainment. We would watch movies together too—mostly Hollywood hits or whatever reruns were on cable. At the time though, the fiction movies I saw didn’t do much to convince me that the actors playing roles were involved in situations that I should really care about or believe in. I had a difficult time investing in characters and stories that I understood to be fantasy, and so the entertainment seemed a bit flat.

To read the rest of Colin's first blog entry, click here.

Saturday
Oct012011

THE FELLOWSHIP

Awarded annually, the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer. It is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging documentary editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor’s artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community.

The 2015 Fellowship includes: 

  • Mentorship with a veteran editor or editors (2014 mentors: Jonathan Oppenheim, David Teague, Jean Tsien, A.C.E.)
  • Admission to ACE EditFest in Los Angeles
  • Admission to Manhattan Edit Workshop's Sight, Sound & Story editing summit
  • Class at the Manhattan Edit Workshop – an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized Training Center
  • Film Badge for the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas
  • Chrome Pass with full festival access to the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFB)
  • Festival pass to DOC NYC documentary film festival
  • Travel expenses to two of the aforementioned festivals/classes (airfare, 3 nights of accommodations, per diem)
  • Summer Series Triple Membership for Rooftop Films, NYC, plus a $1000 equipment rental credit
  • Season Pass to Stranger Than Fiction at the IFC Center in NYC
  • $1000 cash award
  • $250 online gift certificate to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon (Karen’s favorite)
  • "Special" membership in ACE (American Cinema Editors society) (benefits include subscription to Cinema
    Editor magazine)
  • Portrait sesion with Tanya Braganti Photography
  • Complete DVD collection of all 13 of Karen's feature films

For more information about Fellowship benefits and eligibility requirements, please visit the FAQ page.

 

 

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates and promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing. ACE Website