VFX Artist Jeff Wozniak Discusses the Incredible Effects Work That Went into Making "The Avengers"

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: Sight, Sound & Story - VFX Artist Jeff Wozniak on "The Avengers." For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Editor Jonathan Oppenheim Discusses the Difficulty of Objectivity, as Seen in "The Oath"

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: "Sight, Sound & Story" - Jonathan Oppenheim on The Oath: Part 2. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Cindy Mollo, ACE discusses her work on an extremely intricate scene from Netflix's "House of Cards."

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: Sight, Sound & Story - Cindy Mollo, ACE on "House of Cards." From Sight, Sound & Story - June 14th, 2014. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Sound Editors Phil Stockton, Eugene Gearty, and Sam Miille discuss the shipwreck in "Life of Pi"

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: "Sight, Sound & Story" - Soundshow NY: "Life of Pi" Part 1. From Sight, Sound, and Story on June 8th, 2013. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Oscar Tillman, Adele Major, and Evan Schechtman on Using Google Maps in "The Wilderness Downtown"

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: "Sight, Sound & Story" 2013 - "The Wilderness Downtown." From "Sight, Sound, & Story" on June 8th, 2013. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Michael Kahn, ACE on When There Was Too Much Coverage on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: Sight, Sound & Story - Michael Kahn, ACE on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." From Sight, Sound & Story - June 14th, 2014. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

VFX Artist Rob Legato Discusses the Creation of the Motion Capture Technology Used in "Avatar"

VFX Artist Rob Legato discusses the creation of the motion capture technology used to film James Cameron's "Avatar." From Manhattan Edit Workshop's "Sight, Sound & Story: An Evening with Visual FX Artists Rob Legato and Mark Russell." For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

Christian Winters and Colin Beattie Discuss Editing an Ugly Segment from "24/7"

Manhattan Edit Workshop presents: Sight, Sound & Story - Christian Winters & Colin Beatty on "24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios." From Sight, Sound & Story - June 14th, 2014. For more information on "Sight, Sound & Story" go to

"Sight, Sound & Story" returns June 2015! Check out new promo video!

Garret Savage is a editor and producer based in Brooklyn. His documentary editing credits include the Peabody Award-winning My Perestroika, HBO's How Democracy Works Now series, Ready, Set, Bag! (LA Film Festival), and IFC's 4-Cylinder 400. He is producing Rachel Shuman's upcoming feature documentary, The Fall and was an associate producer of the Emmy nominated Pressure Cooker (Participant Films). He has worked on projects for Paramount Pictures, ABC/ESPN, Discovery, IFC, AMC, MTV, and more. Garret was a 2009  Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow, the Program Director of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Teen View Film Lab and is a founder and current Board President of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
Zac Stuart-Pontier is a Director and Editor, chosen as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film in
2010. His editing work includes the HBO miniseries, The Jinx (for which he also served as co-writer and co-
producer), cult documentary Catfish (also co-producer), Sundance award winner Martha Marcy May Marlene,
SXSW award winner NY Export: Opus Jazz, and numerous short films, music videos and commercials notably for
Citibank, Sperry, Nike, The Shins and—of course—Missy Elliot
Pax Wassermann is a film editor and producer with twenty years in features, television and documentaries. In
addition to Cartel Land, his documentary work includes Devil’s Playground, the Sally Mann documentary Wha
Remains, the recent films Elaine Stritch: Shoot MeThe Notorious Mr. Bout, Knuckleball!Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayerand Which Way Home, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009. His fiction work includes Peter Bogdanovich’s upcoming comedy She’s Funny That Way, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and Noah Buschel’s directorial debut Bringing Rain.
*All speakers are schedule permitting.
O’Steen has hosted evenings honoring master editors involving screening and discussion for UCLA Film and Television Archive's Billy Wilder Theater, Emerson College's Bright Screening Room, NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 92Y Tribeca. She is currently partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop for her series "Inside the Cutting Room," and she also moderates panels for American Cinema Editors' EditFest. O'Steen has taught graduate film student workshops at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has recently created an ongoing course entitled "Making the Cut," which is based on her interviews and examines the art and technique of master editors. In addition, she contributes to such publications as Editors Guild Magazine and Cinema Editor Magazine, the latter naming her "Film Editing's Greatest Champion."
Bobbie O'Steen is a writer and film historian dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students,
professionals and the movie-going public. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated film
editor and the author of two acclaimed books about editing."Cut to the Chase" is based on interviews with her
late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen, about his work on such landmark films as The
Graduate and Chinatown. Her second book, "The Invisible Cut", deconstructs the editing process of classic films
through a cut-by-cut analysis.
Michael Berenbaum, ACE served as editor on both Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2, the box office hits
based on the HBO series, on which Berenbaum also worked.  His other recent projects include the hit FX
series, The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys and Netflix's Marco Polo. Berenbaum also
edited What to Expect When You're Expecting, whose cast includes Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Rock; War, Inc., starring John Cusack, Marisa Tomei, and Hilary Duff; and Hollywoodland, starring Adrien Brody and Diane Lane.  He has worked with such directors as Joel and Ethan Coen, JohnTurturro, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel and Martin Scorsese.  During his six-year stint on the series Sex and the CityBerenbaum received two Emmy Award nominations and two American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards.  In addition, he received an Emmy for his work on the pilot episode of Desperate Housewives. Berenbaum’s other television work includes the hit series Nurse JackieRunning WildeLife Is WildThe ComebackThe Wire and Ed, as well as several telefilms.
Andy Grieve is an editor and director who's recent collaboration with Oscar winning director Alex Gibney include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of BeliefThe Armstrong Lie, and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.  Andy's other credits include a short film for the Stand Up To Cancer prime time special, winner of the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing; The Carter, a feature documentary about rap-sensation Lil’ Wayne that premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; Jason Kohn’s Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), winner of the 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Documentary as well as the 2008 Cinema Eye award for Best Editing; Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure, winner of the 2008 Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize; and Lionsgate’s recently released narrative feature The Burrowers, directed by JT Petty.  In 2012 Andy also directed and edited Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police.
MEWShop’s one-day summit returns to New York on June 13, 2015 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Panels include the art and processes of editing documentary film and episodic television, and the unique and challenging world of reality T.V. Our closing panel will highlight the career of an award-winning feature film editor with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen. The summit culminates in a gala reception and networking session for guests, panelists and vendors.  Go to for more details!

Call for 2015 Karen Schmeer Fellowship is Open!

The Open Call for submissions for our 2015 Fellowship begins today! The online application must be completed by September 30, 2014. There is no fee to apply.

2015 will mark the fifth year of honoring the memory of our friend and gifted editor Karen Schmeer. Inspired by Karen's generous nature, the Fellowship assists emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. We work with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW and many other valuable partners to offer a wide array of opportunities for promising editors.
Karen Schmeer
If you are an emerging documentary film editor who has cut between one and three films with at least one of those being a documentary, please take a look at our FAQ to see all of our eligibility rules.

If you know an editor or editors who would benefit from this opportunity, please send them to our website.

Our 2014 Fellow, Colin Nusbaum, has already had a busy year. He's worked on Andrea Scott's documentary, Florence, Arizona, cut a fundraising trailer for director Rebecca Haimowitz, and is currently editing a short film about photographer Phillip Toledano for director Josh Seftel. A few weeks ago he attended the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab as an assistant editor fellow. The feature documentary he completed last year, "Tough Love," has been playing at festivals across the country. His Fellowship benefits have brought him to the SXSW Film Festival, IFFBoston, Manhattan Edit Workshop's "Sight, Sound & Story" seminar, and he took an Avid class at MEWshop. He's been working with his mentors Jonathan Oppenheim, David Teague and Jean Tsien, A.C.E. and is working with POV on an ongoing series of posts about the "under-appreciated process and craft of documentary editors." We're excited to see what the rest of the year brings for Colin.

Past recipients were Jim Hession (Rich Hill, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present), Lindsay Utz (In CountryBully), and Erin Casper (American Promise, Our School).

Good luck to our 2015 applicants and thank you to all of our supporters.
2014 Fellow Colin Nusbaum (photo by Tayna Braganti)
Robin Hessman
Ann Kim
Ellie Lee
Garret Savage, Board President
Rachel Shuman
The yearlong Fellowship is designed to foster the development of an emerging documentary film editor by creating opportunities for him or her to grow creatively and expand his or her professional community. The experience includes mentorship; passes to SXSW, IFFBoston, Stranger than Fiction, DOC NYC, ACE EditFest, Rooftop Films, and MEWshop's Sight, Sound and Story summit; travel, accommodations, and per diem to two of those events; a MEWshop editing class, a $1000 Rooftop Films equipment rental credit; a $1000 cash award; "Special" membership in ACE (includes a subscription to Cinema Editor magazine); a $250 Powell's Books gift certificate; a portrait session with Tanya Braganti Photography; and a DVD collection of all 13 of Karen’s films.
Thanks as always to our fantastic partners: American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit WorkshopSXSWIFFBostonRooftop FilmsStranger Than FictionDOC NYC, and new (officially) this year: Tanya Braganti Photography. We also want to say thank you again to all of the producers and directors of Karen's films who have donated DVDs for the complete collection of her films for past, present and future fellows.
In addition to all the benefits we offer the Fellow, we also fund a $500 cash award for the winner of IFFBoston's annual Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. The 2014 winners are Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel for Print the Legend.

Workshop for Avid Assistant Editors Returns on July 31st! Early Bird Price of $499 Ends July 19th!

Workshop for Avid Assistant Editors Returns! Early Bird Price of $499 Ends July 19th!

The job of the assistant editor has never been so tough. Assistants are expected to handle a dizzying array of tasks including how to ingest a myriad range of file formats and codecs, Sync and group multiple cameras, prep for export and on-line and of course, organize, organize, organize. Assistants are often expected to know everything from “why did my computer crash” to “why can’t I AMA link my 5D footage” to “where are my are keys?!”.

This workshop will teach you the skills to get you well on your way to becoming an Avid Assistant Editor.  We will cover topics from how to create a project to ingesting file based media such as XDCAM EX and Canon 5D footage to prepping for on-line and creating an AAF export.

The class will cover the following topics:

  • Creating Projects and Profiles
  • Organizational Techniques
  • Introduction to Avid User Interface
  • File Base Ingest
  • Import and AMA
  • Capturing Tape
  • Syncing
  • Group and Multigroup
  • Consolidating
  • Transcoding
  • Decomposing
  • Relinking
  • Multicamera Editing
  • Audio Passes
  • Outputs
  • Exporting Quicktimes
  • Exporting AAF/OMF Files
  • Outputting to Tape
  • Prep for Online

The class is designed for the budding assistant editor or producer.  You should have some knowledge of avid but be new to editing and assistant editing. The workshop will also be useful to the producer who needs to know how to get started with Avid Media Composer.

Course Cost: $599 
When: July 31, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Time: 10am - 6pm
Early Bird: $499 (early bird ends July 19th)

Cost: 499

Assimilate Inc's Steve Bannerman is interviewed by Josh Apter at NABShow 2014

Assimilate Inc's Steve Bannerman is interviewed by Manhattan Edit Workshop's Josh Apter at NABShow 2014 from the booth. They discuss Scratch and Scratch Labs, 4K workflows, Stereo 3D, turnkey systems, and so much more!

Dreamsync's Jon Acosta interviewed by MEW's Josh Apter at the AOTG Booth at NABShow 2014

Jon Acosta talks about Dreamsync and how it works, what it costs and more! A new feature for Dreamsync will allow to add subtitles and close captioning and he announces it only at the booth! 


Our Popular ICA Classes Return featuring Resolve V11! MEWShop offers ICA 101, ICA 201, and Warren's Looks starting July 28th!  Click here for more information!

MEWShop's Josh Apter talks with Shutterstock about their 4K Collection

Josh Apter from Manhattan Edit Workshop, interviews Ben Pfeifer & Derick Rhodes from Shutterstock about their product and what they have planned for NABShow 2014. They also announce their 4K collection, setting the stage for the 4K revolution.