VIDEO - Editor Bill Pankow, ACE discusses the Film "The Black Dahlia"

From Manhattan Edit Workshop's "Critical Ends" series, featuring award winning editors discussing their craft as a part of our Six Week Editing Intensive.

Bill Pankow, ACE, has enjoyed a long collaboration with renowned director Brian De Palma, beginning as an associate editor on the films "Dressed to Kill" and "Scarface." Pankow graduated to editor on "Body Double" and continued his affiliation with De Palma on such films as "The Untouchables," "Casualties of War," "Carlito's Way," "Redacted," and "Femme Fatale," for which he received the Seattle Film Critics Best Editing award for 2002. Bill has also collaborated with Charles Stone III on his films "Drumline," "Paid In Full" and "Mr. 3000 "and with Jean Francois Richet on "Assault On Precinct 13."

"The Black Dahlia" is a 2006 American neo noir crime thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. It is drawn from a novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of "L.A. Confidential" and stars Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank. The film is based on the murder of Elizabeth Short and had its world premiere as opener at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on August 30, 2006. Wide release was on September 15, 2006. Despite being both a critical and financial failure, the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 79th Academy Awards but lost to Pan's Labyrinth.