In honor of #BackToTheFutureDay take a look back at the first movie with the great editor Harry Keramidas, ACE!

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MEWShop Announces David Ian Salter, ACE Will Be Our November 2015 Six Week Intensive Artist in Residence!

Manhattan Edit Workshop is proud to announce that acclaimed edtior David Ian Salter, ACE, will be our November 2015 Artist in Residence.  David's work includes the recently released The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Finding Nemo which won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature . Some of David's other work includes Toy Story 2Ice Age: Continental Drift, and A Bug's Life. MEWShop Owner and Six Week Intensive Instructor Josh Apter says, “We had David as an Artist in Residence a few years ago.  His interaction with the students was so rewarding and informative, we’ve really been looking forward to the time when he was available again for the class."  Our next Six Week Intensive starts November 2nd!

For more information on our Six Week Intensive please click here.

"Sight, Sound & Story - The Art of Cinematography" Debuts on September 30th! in NYC!

This September, MEWShop's acclaimed speaker series continues with an evening devoted to the art of cinematography.  Join us as we celebrate the craft of visual storytelling from the masters behind the camera - we’ll take an in-depth look at the challenges of capturing the moment in documentary and then explore the process of shooting narrative feature film and series television.

4:30pm - Check-in

5:00pm - 6:00pm - The Many Challenges of Doc-Style Cinematography 
Moderator: Hugo Perez (Betty La Flaca, Juliet Y Ramon)
Speakers: Matt Porwoll (Cartel Land, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), Jerry Ricciotti (Vice, Vice News), Bob Richman (An Inconvenient Truth, The September Issue, Paradise Lost: the Robin Hood Hills Child Murders)

6:15pm - 7:30pm - A Cinematographer's Vision: Creating Distinct Looks for Film & TV
Moderator: Josh & Jason Diamond (The Diamond Bros.) 
Speakers: Paul Koestner (Louie, Deadbeat, Better Things), Nancy Schreiber, ASC (NovemberThe Nines, The Comeback)

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Networking Party & Tech Lounge

MEWShop Welcomes Joe Klotz, ACE As Our September 2015 Artist in Residence!

Manhattan Edit Workshop is proud to announce that acclaimed edtior Joe Klotz, ACE, will be our September 2015 Artist in Residence.  Joe's work includes Lee Daniels' The Butler and Precious, in which he was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award for Best Editing. Some of Joe's other work includes Chappelle's ShowRabbit HoleUpright Citizen's BrigadeChoke, and Happyish. MEWShop Owner and Six Week Intensive Instructor Josh Apter adds, "Our Artist in Residence program always brings in some of the best in the business and Joe is among those at the top of their game. I look forward to seeing him working hands-on with our students."  Our next Six Week Intensive starts September 14th!

For more information on our Six Week Intensive please click here.

MEWShop TECH TALK Partnered with Dissolve - Free Event on September 16th

Manhattan Edit Workshop is Hosting TECH TALKS. For this Tech Talk we have partnered with Dissolve.
Wednesday September 16, 2015.
Doors open at 6pm and the event will be from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
Snacks and beverages will be provided!
Montage Magic: How Dissolve creates must-watch videos using stock footage
Stock footage
 company Dissolve has received 4 Vimeo Staff Picks and millions of views for its funny and intriguing showreels – built using only clips from its collection.
Join this workshop to learn tips on the art of video montage, working with stock or found footage, and making the most of less-than-perfect source material.
Through our video case studies, you'll learn:- how to build a coherent story out of various scenes and sources- how to integrate stock into custom-shot scenes- and other fun stuff!

Register here:

About the Presenter:
Jon Parker is a co-founder and Brand Director of Dissolve. Among other things, he helps create Dissolve’s showreels, including This Is a Generic Brand Video and Emoji Among Us. Jon was a co-founder of Veer and held senior creative positions at Corbis, Getty Images, and Adobe.
Jon will be joined by one of our graphic designers via Skype. 

About Dissolve:
Dissolve provides high-quality footage for use in professional television and web-based advertising work, brand and corporate videos, editorial and documentary settings, interactive web sites, video games and mobile applications.
Video editors, filmmakers, and producers can use our stock footage to augment and enhance their custom-shot work, or even build stories around our footage.
We seek out the freshest and most compelling footage from the explosion of talented filmmakers today. You’ll find 800,000 clips on Dissolve, and we’re adding tens of thousands every month.
Our aim is to empower today’s video storytellers with footage from the world’s most exciting and relevant shooters — hence our tagline, Better footage, better stories™.
Find out more about Dissolve or to browse the latest clips.


Open Call for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship - Now Open!

The Open Call for submissions for our 2016-17 fellowship begins today! The online application must be completed by September 30, 2015. There is no fee to apply.

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship honors 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), Sundance Institute, Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW, IFFBoston, Stranger than Fiction, and Rooftop Films to offer a wide array of opportunities for promising editors.

To learn more about the amazing person that Karen was, read here.
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.

Anna Gustavi, our 2015-16 fellow, is having an exciting year. She's been spending a lot of time in the edit room cutting One Bullet Afghanistan, a documentary directed by Carol Dysinger that explores the profound effect one stray bullet can have on a family, a community, a nation, and a war. Earlier this year, her first film, Seymour: An Introduction, a documentary directed by Ethan Hawke, played in a ton of theaters across the country. Her fellowship benefits have brought her to the SXSW Film Festival, ACE EditFest LA, Manhattan Edit Workshop's "Sight, Sound & Story” seminar, and to an Avid class at MEWShop. And she’s been consulting with her generous mentors Bob Eisenhardt, ACE; Matthew Hamachek; and Toby Shimin. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings to Anna.

Past recipients were Colin Nusbaum (Tough Love, The Sheik and I), Jim Hession (Rich Hill, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present), Lindsay Utz (In Country, Bully), and Erin Casper (American Promise,Our School). Read about all of them here.

Good luck to our applicants and thank you to all of our supporters.
2015-16 Fellow Anna Gustavi (photo by Tanya Braganti)
Robin Hessman, Board Member
Ann Kim, Board Member
Ellie Lee, Board Member
Garret Savage, Board President
Rachel Shuman, Board Member

Maya Mumma, Website
Ashley Thompson, Social Media
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, 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 wonderful partners: American Cinema Editors (ACE), Sundance Institute Documentary Film ProgramManhattan Edit WorkshopSXSWIFFBostonRooftop FilmsStranger Than Fiction, and Tanya Braganti Photography.
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 2015 winners are Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker and Joshua Woltermann for Welcome to Leith.

Get Iconic Movie Look Color Grades For Free from SmallHD!

Iconic Movie Look Color Grades Free
SmallHD's Color Grade Pack Recreate Looks from Seven Iconic Films and Teaches Exactly How to Use Them

SmallHD, known for compact, Full HD on-camera monitors is giving away a free set of color grades that recreate the unique look of seven different iconic films, and are also publishing multiple video tutorials explaining how to get the most out of these looks during both production and post production—all 100% free of charge.

 “Color grading will soon be critical to every shooter’s workflow,” says Wes Phillips, CEO.  “We’re giving away this free pack of looks and color grading educational material to provide a fun entry point into the world of working with 3D LUTs.”

 Provided in a small downloadable .zip file, the color grades come in the form of 3D LUT files (3D “lookup tables”) originally designed in DaVinci Resolve. Visually iconic films such as Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, The Matrix, and Moonrise Kingdom are among the seven free color grades.

Designed to help teach filmmakers who are not yet versed in the use of color grades, the tutorial video outlines the capabilities and advantages of applying LUTs or “looks” to footage during actual shoots. The tutorial is tailored for developing new looks on the popular free DaVinci Resolve color grading software. The video tutorials and 3D LUTs download are both available on the Community section of SmallHD’s website ( 

Filmmakers have long known that recording flat or LOG video, with its low contrast image, offers great advantages to the post-production process by preserving as much data as possible. However, viewing this flat video can make it tricky to gauge color and exposure, and can make critical focus difficult. Further, looking at raw images can also be disconcerting for an on-site client, where the filmmakers have to constantly explain what the imagery “will look like in post.”

The solution is applying 3D LUTs to the video shown in the on-set monitor, without altering the footage recorded from the camera itself. 3D LUTs are pre-defined profiles applied to the monitoring of a camera to give a representation of a corrected image or an image with a specific gamma curve. Creating a custom LUT is a step further. It can be an on-set tool providing a representation of the final desired image.

SmallHD offers seven different 3D LUTs, each emulating the look of a popular motion picture. As a starting point, a shooter or DIT readying for a specific location can apply one of these looks to test footage from the location using the DaVinci color grading software. That look can then be modified so the test footage has just the look desired when it is out of post-production. SmallHD clearly explains the process, step by step.

Displaying the on-set video with the look applied is made simple with SmallHD’s newest firmware upgrade to its 500 Series five-inch Full HD monitors. The firmware upgrade enables the monitor’s output to carry the LUT information to other monitors on-set. This feature will be resident in future monitors developed by SmallHD and likely other manufacturers will follow suit.

Manhattan Edit Workshop Six Week Workshop Student Profile: Jose Berrios

Former Manhattan Edit Workshop Six-Week student Jose Berrios talks about his experiences with Mewshop's Six Week Intensive Program. Jose is currently Post-Production Supervisor for "Alaskan Bush People," the hit series on Discovery Channel. In the past he has served as Assistant Editor on "Alaskan Bush People," "Best Funeral Ever," and "Houston Beauty." Before working in Reality Television, Jose worked for as a Game Night Editor.

Manhattan Edit Workhop's next Six Week Intensive starts September 14, 2015!  This is the only class of it's kind in the world.  For more information go here

How to Start a Project in Motion - Video

Manhattan Edit Workshop Instructor Kiri Roberts shows how to start a project in Apple's Motion 5.

How to Adjust Audio Levels in Avid Media Composer - Video

Manhattan Edit Workshop Training Series: Adjusting Audio Levels in Avid Media Composer.

Manhattan Edit Workshop instructor Janet Dalton's tutorial for adjusting audio levels in Avid Media Composer.  For more information about our courses please go to

How to Merge Clips in Premiere Pro CC - Video

Manhattan Edit Workshop's Director of Education Janet Dalton shows how to merge clips in Premiere Pro

Need to Learn the Basics of Resolve 12, But Short on Time?

NEW!! Our first Weekend Resolve 12 workshop debuts on August 1 - 2, 2015!! Learn the basics of Blackmagic's new version of DaVinci Resolve in two-days! Click here for more information.