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Podcast 137: ACE Editors Talk About Their Oscar-Nominated Films

Three top film editors discuss their craft and what makes a well cut movie

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Tatiana S. Riegel received an Oscar nomination for best editing for the film "I, Tonya" starring Margot Robbie as Olympic skater Tonya Harding.

Episode 137: ACE Eddie Nominated Editors Talk About Their Oscar-Nominated Films

Cinema Junkie speaks with Tatiana S. Riegel, Oscar-nominated editor for "I, Tonya" and winner of this year's ACE Eddie award for best best edited feature comedy; Paul Machliss, Oscar-nominated editor for "Baby Driver," and Gregory Plotkin, ACE Eddie nominee of the Oscar-nominated "Get Out." Find out what went into editing these films and gain insights into what makes a good film editor.

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The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday and one of the most misunderstood and least appreciated of the craft categories is film editing. So here are a trio of brilliant editors to talk about their work on this year's Oscar-nominated films and to provide insights into just what film editors do.

It is easy to see what an actor does in a movie or what a cinematographer contributes to a film. But to the average filmgoer, the editor is merely the person who lets a film run too long or fails to match a cut.

But a film editor can significantly contribute to a film's storytelling as Elmo Williams did on "High Noon" when he added repeated shots of clocks ticking down to the 12 o'clock hour and made the film play out in real time. Some editors form longtime partnerships with directors that result in stunning collaborations as with Martin Scorsese and his editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, or Woody Allen and Susan E. Morse.

An editor can control the pace of a film and craft a performance. They can begin work as soon as shooting starts and stay with the film all the way through post-production.

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Nat Sanders, winner Tatiana S. Riegel, Joi McMillon, and Brett Gelman at the ACE Eddie Awards. Jan. 26, 2018

For this podcast, I speak with a trio of editors who were all nominated for this year's ACE (American Cinema Editors) Eddie Awards. The editors are Tatiana S. Riegel for "I, Tonya" (she won the Eddie for best edited feature film, comedy); Paul Machliss for "Baby Driver;" and Gregory Plotkin for "Get Out."

ACE states on its website: "Since 1951, ACE has celebrated the best in television and feature film editing at the annual ACE Eddie Awards gala ... The ACE Eddie Awards recognizes outstanding editing in film, television and documentaries. The 2018 ceremony is the organization’s 68th Annual, making it one of the longest-running awards shows in the entertainment industry."

Riegel and Machliss are both up for editing Oscars this year, while Plotkin worked on the Oscar-nominated "Get Out." All three discuss the challenges and rewards of editing in a new digital age, and all three display innovation in dealing with narrative structure and storytelling.

Whether you are a casual filmgoer who is just curious about what makes a well-edited film, or if you are a filmmaker who wants to learn more about the craft of editing, these skilled artists will provide enlightenment about the art of film editing.

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