Griffith whose films like the birth of the nation 1915 established a classical and revelatory editing style that would remain until dziga vertov flipped it on its ass with his man with a movie camera 1929, which was one of the first movies that, through editing, made the audience aware that they were viewing. There are legacy chapters for people such as quentin tarantinos trusted editor, the late sally menke. I always read the script and then speak at length with the director on his vision. Examining the life and works of editor sally menke daily. Editing duties were instead handled by fred raskin, who had worked as an assistant editor on tarantinos kill bill.
Mar, 2010 everyone says hello to longtime tarantino editor, sally menke. In 2014, alex oflinn was awarded sundances sally menke memorial film editing fellowship. At my school we talked about tarantinos work with sally menke, for its use of. Not a drawback at all, but showed what happens when tarantino put his mind to a film, to finish it in a year and get it in the can right. May 23, 2018 in 2014, alex oflinn was awarded sundances sally menke memorial film editing fellowship. Sally menke, who has edited all of quentin tarantinos films, on their working relationship and the thrill of john travolta dancing in front of her during the making of pulp fiction. The job of assembling all of this was given to film editor fred raskin, who, while working closely with tarantino, cut the film to a final run time of two hours and 45 minutes, leaving almost two. Thats because his famed editor sally menke, who had kept his propensity towards overkill in check since reservoir dogs, died in 2010 after the release of the last truly great tarantino film. Raskin was nominated for a bafta award for best editing but lost to. Menke worked with director quentin tarantino on seven films, having edited all of his movies until her death. Sally menke, tarantinos editor, found dead on hiking. Star wars editor paul hirsch shares tales from the cutting. Understanding nocturnal animals through its editing.
She had a longtime collaboration with director quentin tarantino, editing all of his films until her death. Menke, who edited kinetic tarantino features like reservoir dogs, pulp fiction and inglourious basterds, was found dead on tuesday. In appreciation sally menke below the line below the. Quentin tarantino and i clickedtranscript of an interview with jason solomons at. Although the cinematography and editing of his films have often been praisedpulp fictionwas nominated in the categories best cinematography andrzej sekula and best editing sally menke at the bafta awards,inglourious basterdsfor directing, cinematography robert richardson, and film editing menke at the academy awards, anddjango. Most films follow a straightforward style of editing, yet here are 10 that chose to break the mold, and were successful in doing so. Its colorful illustrations, charming and witty captions, subject matter and size makes it the perfect coffee table book. Casino you can either have the money and the hammer or you can walk outta here you cant have both duration. Mar 26, 2018 i always read the script and then speak at length with the director on his vision.
Everyone says hello to longtime tarantino editor, sally menke. Sally menke in was tradition on quentin tarantinos films to do hi sally takes where a cast or crew member would offer sally a greeting to cheer her up, knowing she was alone in the editing room sorting through hours and hours of footage. We have the 5 books that every budding personal stylist should own. Riegel is the only woman nominated for an academy award for best film editing this year, for the dark comedy i, tonya about figure skater tonya harding and the scandal of the 1994 winter olympics. Here are the 15 best uses of split screen in cinema history. The shocking events of 22 july 2011 when 77 people were massacred in norway by a farright extremist is the subject of director paul greengrass latest drama. My youtube channel is all about exercising my ability to edit videos, but i am hoping to become a professional video editor. Menke was nominated for the academy award for best film editing for tarantinos inglourious basterds and pulp fiction, of which varietys todd mccarthy wrote, sally menkes editing. The style has since been imitated many times, but never replicated and certainly never bested. Director david fincher used premiere on his last few films and tv like gone girl and mindhunter. She edited 2002s oscarwinning short the accountant and the 2005 feature film, the quiet, followed by a steady string of work including a single man, admission, and the perfect guy id previously interview joan about her work on tom fords haunting film. What made his earlier work more accessible and dynamic, was sally menke, whose relationship with the director managed, in the editing room, to strip away qts selfindulgence to bring only to the screen what was necessary to tell the story, and did so in a way that left us wanting more.
Sally joanne menke december 17, 1953 september 27, 2010 was an american television and film editor. Sally menke, tarantinos editor, found dead on hiking trail. An appreciation of film editor sally menke by sasha watson at. I love to go under the skin of the characters, and understand where they come from it helps me build them. For big studio films the op mentioned, they overwhelmingly use avid. Most recently he was nominated for an independent spirit award for best editing for the rider also nominated as best picture and best director and best cinematography, which is the film we sat down to talk. Perhaps the most practical method of looking at book manuscripts is with a. Yes, even in the day and age of find and replace, the editing style sheet is an editors best friend. Raskin was nominated for a bafta award for best editing but lost to william goldenberg for his work on argo.
Star wars editor paul hirsch shares tales from the. Working largely on quentin tarantinos feature films, doing other projects in between, menke crafted tarantinos complex narratives into cohesive, memorable, cultural touchstones. Menke was nominated for the academy award for best. Mar 30, 2016 thats because his famed editor sally menke, who had kept his propensity towards overkill in check since reservoir dogs, died in 2010 after the release of the last truly great tarantino film. The music gives great effect to the scene, which narratively is essentially useless but creates a great deal of tension, also in virtue of sally menkes masterful cuts.
In the case of joel edgerton, writerdirector of the latest film i edited, boy erased, he had written the film in a kind of fractured flashback style, crosscutting between different timeframes, but he was curious at the outset to see it cut chronologically and experiment with that. They developed a style of dialoguedriven, rovingcamera, slowcut scenes interwoven with fastcut action scenes. But when it comes to the editing i write with sally. Sep 30, 2010 well, only the second half to be honest, but the way the editing for this one was done was showcasing the old school way of chopping the film, with rough looking edges and dust all over the print. Sally menke, walter murch, and verna fields are my favorite video.
She scored oscar noms for her precise editing in inglourious. From reservoir dogs to inglourious basterds, editor sally menke was the metaphorical neck to quentin tarantinos head, one of his best friends and closest collaborators. From legends of the craft like thelma schoonmaker and sally menke, who cut their teeth working largely for martin scorsese and quentin tarantino, respectively, to lesserknown but promising names like dody dorn memento, fury and lisa lassek the avengers films, editing is a medium in which women have long played an integral. Sally menkes initial rough cut of pulp fiction was, to her chagrin. In a conversation studded with references to intuition and instinct, reigel talked about how editing a film is like attending a dinner party, what she learned from her years as an assistant to quentin tarantinos longtime editor, sally menke, and why its not easy for women to find a place at the editing console. Next and coming up fast is premiere, not final cut pro. He has edited the bad batch, a girl walks home alone at night, and autism in love. What you can learn from edward dmytryks 7 rules of cutting posted on april 7, 2017 april 7, 2017 by new york film academy edward dmytryk is arguably one of the most influential directors in movie history, with over 50 films to his credit. New yorkborn menke was an nyu graduate who made her editing debut with teenage mutant ninja turtles 1990. Star wars editor paul hirschs book weighs jobs importance. Home resources for editors articles about editing editing with style. How exactly have elmore leonards books influenced your writing style.
Well, when i was a kid and i first started reading his novels i got really caught up in his characters and the way they talked. Dec 12, 2016 with tom fords nocturnal animals waking up to a wide release this week, its as good a time as any to unpackage this dazzling metathriller. He inserted amusing optical effects, energized the. Django unchained was the first tarantino film not edited by sally menke, who died in 2010. There are many ways at looking at book writing styles. Quentin tarantino is one of todays most distinctive directors, but his films complex structures and witty montages were the result of his work with the editor sally menke, whose 20 or so credits include all of his films. In appreciation sally menke below the line below the line. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Film editor whose cutting style was a crucial element in. The 15 best uses of split screen in cinema history taste of.
What you can learn from edward dmytryks 7 rules of cutting. I cant wait for the next sally book and plan to visit the website to choose a special. Menke was nominated for the academy award for best film editing for tarantinos inglourious basterds. The 15 best uses of split screen in cinema history taste. I worked for sally on many films at the beginning of my career. Film editor whose cutting style was a crucial element in the work of quentin tarantino. Nov 04, 2010 from reservoir dogs to inglourious basterds, editor sally menke was the metaphorical neck to quentin tarantinos head, one of his best friends and closest collaborators. An inside look at making primetime television 1955, revised in 1981, producers richard levinson and william link, who started the columbo television series, remember, we asked ed abroms if he would supervise our editing and his contribution was invaluable. Editing with style institute of professional editors ltd. The subjects explain how the tone of a scene can be dramatically impacted based on the way it is cut, and discuss the pros and cons of editing digitally vs.
Molly mccowan january 19, 2016 style guides 2 comments with all the confusion that comes along with using a language that isnt formally regulated, we writers and editors are constantly searching for the correct way to practice our craft. Apr 08, 2020 what made his earlier work more accessible and dynamic, was sally menke, whose relationship with the director managed, in the editing room, to strip away qts selfindulgence to bring only to the screen what was necessary to tell the story, and did so in a way that left us wanting more. When quentin tarantino was seeking an editor for his debut film reservoir dogs, he couldnt have known that his interview with sally menke. The marriage of sally joanne menke to aldo luis parisot took place yesterday at the home of the bridegrooms mother, ellen lewis parisot, in wilton, conn. Film editing could be called film construction and has been regarded by many as the invisible art behind some of the greatest motion picture sequences of all time.
Sally menke on editing all of quentin tarantinos films film the. If you want to be personal stylist or any type of stylist actually you need to selfeducate constantly. Editor sally menke and tarantino must have painstakingly laid the film out, bit by bit, so that when they put. Art of the cut with joan sobel, ace, on editing the rhythm. As i started reading more and more of his novels it kind of gave me permission to go my way with characters talking around things as opposed to talking about them. Some observers might view style as dependent on country of origin, while others could link the writing to a literary giant such as hemingway or twain. New yorkborn menke was an nyu graduate who made her editing debut. Until she passed away in late september, menke had edited each of tarantinos seven feature films, becoming a key determinant of the directors style in the process. Sally goes to the mountains is a book i would give as a gift to any dog lover from 4 to 94. People like thelma schoonmaker, maryjo markey, maryann brandon, dody dorn and, of course, sally menke. Sally to the camera while filming to say hello to sally menke, tarantinos longtime film. Sally menke, film editor for tarantino and other directors, is dead. Sally menke had fun with this film, being able to skew the editing in such a way to showcase mistakes that were commonplace in 70s films.
Art of the cut with alex oflinn of indie sensation, the. She was nominated for oscars in film editing for pulp fiction and inglourious basterds. Film editing is a skilled art the selection and integration of a sequence of shots taken from thousands of feet of film to establish a structure, tempo, mood, or style. The goto stylebook for anyone in book publishing, the chicago manual of style cms was first published by the university of chicago press in 1906.
Most recently he was nominated for an independent spirit award for best editing for the rider. Tarantinos trusted editor and number one collaborator, found dead yesterday, was partly to thank for his signature style. I dont remember what was her idea or my idea, were just right there together. To truly understand its importance, you have to look at it through the eyes of an editor. Sally joanne menke december 17, 1953 september 27, 2010 was an american television and film editor she had a longtime collaboration with director quentin tarantino, editing all of his films until her death.
Jul 15, 2016 the screen is then split in two, one side showing the unconscious bride and the other different closeups of elle driver getting herself ready. There are many styles that suit different stories differently. Art of the cut with joan sobel, ace, on editing the. Local 776, international alliance of theatrical stage employees and moving picture machine operators of theunited states and canada, 7715 sunset blvd. After spending nearly a year assembling django unchained, raskin, who is now armed with a bafta nomination, opens up about his work on the oscarnominated film, the job of a film editor, and. So, we spent time early on in the process reorganizing our. Its how that book is presented without narration and simply presented within susans psyche through visuals making it more akin to a movie within a. How sally menke and quentin tarantino cut together. From reservoir dogs to inglourious basterds, editor sally menke was the.
Apr 07, 2017 what you can learn from edward dmytryks 7 rules of cutting. Of course, an editors style can differ depending on the style of the film and. The film has a very kinetic style, with fast editing of very short shots, as well as timelapse photography. Sally menke on editing all of quentin tarantinos films. B y all accounts, quentin tarantinos django unchained is a massive film in both scope and scale, boasting a large ensemble cast, a story that spans years, and a mix of locations and climates. Our style is to mimic, not homage, but its all about. Perhaps the most practical method of looking at book manuscripts is with a subjective system that places style. And its the true epitome, i guess, of a collaboration. Menkes fluid editing made the tricksy structure, full of detours and elisions, seem organic. Joan sobel, ace worked as first assistant editor to editing legend sally menke on several films, including both kill bill films.
Editor sally menke and tarantino must have painstakingly laid the film out, bit by bit, so that when they put it all together in the bizarre and completely inconsequential final order, it still made sense to the viewer. Griffith whose films like the birth of the nation 1915 established a classical and revelatory editing style that would remain until dziga. Porter, who introduced intercutting with the life of an american fireman in 1903 by crosscutting a fire and the firemen on their way to put it out. What video editing softwares do studios use on huge movies. Sally menke, quentin tarantinos oscarnominated editor. Yes, the lost of art of reading something that isnt on your smart phone. After menkes tragic death in 2010, raskin got the call from tarantino to take the lead on editing his new spaghettiwesternmeetsblaxploitation flick. An interview with film editor sally menke, 19532010 and a recent and short article on quentin tarantino reflecting on making django unchained without sally menke. Lawenforcement sources say its sally menke, quentin tarantinos editor on pulp fiction, kill bill and jackie brown among other films. The most powerful tool an editor has at their disposal is the one they make themselves the editing style sheet. Sally forth menkes glourious editing for quentin tarantino. She edited 2002s oscarwinning short the accountant and the 2005 feature film, the quiet, followed by a steady string of work including a single man, admission, and the perfect guy. If she wins, shell be the fourteenth female editor to take home a trophy from the oscars, which celebrate their 90th ceremony this year. The cutting edge traces the beauty of editing all the way to edwin s.485 90 1397 329 1145 92 1555 880 34 280 92 1474 875 1062 1049 673 916 7 52 1414 1081 1307 1161 228 216 1158 546 1257 55 403 1465 1231 881 534 1267 211 713 1247 313