Making the Cut with Bobbie O'Steen Course at Manhattan Edit Workshop this February!

The purpose of this course is to reveal the art and technique of master editors through the screening and discussion of their work. By doing a cut-by-cut analysis, Bobbie will explain the strategies and decisions behind the editing of many successful films - based on extensive interviews from her books, panels, and event series - which will ultimately empower you to become a better editor, filmmaker, and storyteller. 

CLASS ONE - FROM DAILIES TO FINAL CUT: Revolutionary use of camera, editing, and music. Film - The Graduate

CLASS TWO - DIALOGUE: Subtext, eyelines, and breaking rules. Films - 12 Angry Men, Chinatown, Gosford Park, Moulin Rouge, Moneyball, Arrival, I Tonya, and Widows

CLASS THREE - BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS: Setting up a world and the payoff. Films – A Hard Day’s Night, Bonnie & Clyde, Annie Hall, The Big Chill, Michael Clayton, and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

CLASS FOUR - SEX and SUSPENSE: The build up and point of view. Films - Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby, Body Heat, Silence of the Lambs, Out of Sight, Black Swan, and Blade Runner 2049.

Special Guest Editor TBD! Past guest editors include Michael Berenbaum, ACE (Sex and the City, The Americans), Carol Littleton, ACE (E.T, The Big Chill, Body Heat), Stephen Rotter (The Right Stuff, Enchanted), and Craig McKay, ACE (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs). Guest editors will visit one of our classes during the workshop. 

Who should attend? Editors, Assistant Editors, Post Supervisors, Directors, Producers, and Filmmakers. 

This class runs Tuesday & Thursday for two weeks from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. The next dates for this class are February 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th  To find out more and to see upcoming dates go to

About Bobbie O'Steen: Bobbie is a New York-based writer, teacher, and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and cinephiles. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated film editor and the author of two acclaimed books: "Cut to the Chase," based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen, filled with stories from the cutting room and behind the scenes on such landmark films as The Graduate and Chinatown. "The Invisible Cut" deconstructs the editing process as well as classic movie scenes from such films as Rear Window and The French Connection through a cut-by-cut analysis. Her latest book, Making the Cut at Pixar – to be published soon – is authoritative media-rich eBook about the editor’s pioneering role in computer animation. Bobbie hosts an ongoing event series, “Inside the Cutting Room,” one-on-one panels honoring master editors through screening and discussion at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA, NYIT, and 92nd St Y. She has taught at the American Film Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, John Hopkins University. She has created a class series at Manhattan Edit Workshop, “Making the Cut,” where she explores the art and technique of the editing process, based on her interviews with over sixty editors. She provides commentary and discussion for The Criterion Collection DVD/Blu-Ray releases of such classic films as A Hard Day’s Night, Don’t Look Now, In Cold Blood and The Graduate and has written for such publications as CinemaEditor Magazine, which named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.” 

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