American Cinema Editors’ Editfest London 2016

The 2016 edition of EditFest London was held on June 25th at the prestigious BFI Southbank and this year Blueberry organised a competition won by Blueberry editor Adam Harvey.

American Cinema Editors (ACE) launched EditFest in 2008 in Los Angeles in response to a need to put the industry’s top editors in conversation with other editors and post-production professionals. By popular demand a London-based version of this highly anticipated annual event was added to the schedule in 2013.

Designed for professional as well as aspiring editors, post production team members, students, content creators, production execs, and those who simply love the art and craft of editing – EditFest is a rare opportunity to hear the most compelling artists talk about their work and interact with them in an intimate theater setting.

It’s always brilliant for an up-and-coming editor to have the chance to engage with their peers – in this case, multiple award nominated and winning film editors were able to screen scenes from their career and explain the thoughts and process behind the collaborative nature of the cutting, which was invaluable“. – Adam Harvey

The program was incredibly rich:

‘Small Screen, Big Picture’ looked at the decision-making processes behind some of the most popular shows on television, including Game of ThronesThe Missing and Dr. Who.

‘Editing Animation’ was an exclusive inside look at the Pixar’s animation process and a sneak-peek at their latest offerings. Adam got to see Piper, Pixar’s latest breathtaking short accompanying a little upcoming film called Finding Dory, and he was impressed, hearing about the creative process of a proactive editorial team.

‘Dailies to Delivery – Editing Features’ took an in-depth look at the entire spectrum of film editing with panellists sharing their editing stories, tips and tricks for using Avid Media Composer to craft cutting-edge cinematic masterpieces like A Quiet PassionScott Pilgrim vs the WorldRoom and Billy Elliot.

Finally, renowned Star Wars and Mission: Impossible editor Paul Hirsch, ACE, shared his editing knowledge and expertise from working on much-loved blockbuster movies like FootlooseCarrie and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

When discussing why he uses the industry-leading choice for editors, Avid Media Composer, Hirsch explains, “It’s phenomenal that you can now sit in front of a laptop with Media Composer and have more expressive creative power than you could ever dream of whilst sitting in a tape suite 20 years ago.”

Adam’s personal highlight – “to hear Hirsch talk about his love of music and how it has influenced his career was amazing”.

EditFest Los Angeles 2016 will take place on August 6th. For more information visit the official website.