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.