Academy to Cut to the Chase with Editing Seminar

Beverly Hills, CA (August 31, 2009) — The art and craft of motion picture editing will be explored in detail during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ four-evening seminar series “Perspectives on Editing.” Sessions will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays, September 22, September 29 and October 6, concluding on Wednesday, October 14, with a tribute to Oscar®-winning editor Anne Coates. Each session will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

“Perspectives on Editing” will approach the editing of live action films, animated features and documentaries from the perspective of motion picture editors themselves. Each session will feature film clips and open discussion between the evening’s special guests and members of the audience.

The evenings will be hosted by Academy Film Editors Branch governors Donn Cambern (“The Last Picture Show,” “The Bodyguard”) and Mark Goldblatt (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Starship Troopers”).

The series schedule is as follows, with presenters subject to availability:

Tuesday, September 22 – A Conversation with Walter Murch

Murch, a nine-time Academy Award nominee, won Oscars® for Film Editing for “The English Patient” (1996) and Sound for “Apocalypse Now” (1979) and “The English Patient.” His other Film Editing nominations include “Julia” (1977), “Apocalypse Now,” “Ghost” (1990), “The Godfather, Part III” (1990) and “Cold Mountain” (2003). He also received a Sound nomination for “The Conversation” (1974).

Tuesday, September 29 – Editing for Animation

A discussion with Kent Beyda (“Alien Nation,” “Scooby-Doo”), John Carnochan (“Ice Age,” “The Simpsons Movie”), Nancy Frazen (“Runaway Brain,” “Surf’s Up”) and Lois Freeman-Fox (“Fantasia/2000,” “Osmosis Jones”). Additional guests to be announced.

Tuesday, October 6 – Editing for Documentary Films

A discussion with Kate Amend (“The Long Way Home,” “Jimmy Carter Man from Plains”), Joe Bini (“Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” “Grizzly Man”), William Cartwright (“The Making of the President 1960,” “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision”) and Brian Johnson (“Buena Vista Social Club,” “Fighting for Life”).

Wednesday, October 14 – Anne Coates: Profile of an Editing Master

A discussion with Coates, who received her first nomination and Oscar for Film Editing for “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962). Since then she has received four additional nominations, for “Becket” (1964), “The Elephant Man” (1980), “In the Line of Fire” (1993) and “Out of Sight” (1998).

Tickets for each evening of “Perspectives on Editing”  are $10 for the general public and $7.50 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.  Tickets may be purchased by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or online at 

The Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Tarrah Curtis
(310) 247-3090

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