Manhattan Edit Workshop Announces New Class Series with Film Historian and Author Bobbie O’Steen

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‘Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen’ courses explore the editor’s endgame decisions from inside the cutting room

Making The Cut with Bobbie O'Steen: Volume 1

Bobbie O'Steen uses her insider knowledge and sensitivity to the work of editors to expose the techniques, or rather the feelings, and the instincts behind "making movie magic.

Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the east coast’s top school for the post-production industry, filmmakers and content creators in the art & craft of editing and certified application training, has just announced dates for the ‘Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen’ class series this October. The purpose of this course is to understand the art and technique of master editors through screening and discussion of their work. How do they decide what shot to use and when exactly to cut in and out of that shot? How do they shape actors’ performances and fit the puzzle pieces together to make a story work? O’Steen will reveal the wisdom and strategies of master editors by taking you through a cut-by-cut analysis of many classic movie scenes, based on interviews from her popular books, panels, and event series. Ultimately, you’ll develop a deeper knowledge of the thinking behind the editing process, empowering you to become a better editor and storyteller yourself.

Carol Littleton, ACE ("E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," "The Big Chill") notes “O'Steen uses her insider knowledge and sensitivity to the work of editors to expose the techniques, or rather the feelings, and the instincts behind "making movie magic." Adds MEWShop President Jason Banke “Bobbie O’Steen’s wealth of knowledge and insight gained from extensive research and years of interviews with master editors is second to none. These intensive courses about the decision-making process of editing taught by someone of Bobbie’s caliber is an experience that existing and aspiring editors and filmmakers will not want to miss.”

'Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 1' - Tuesday - Thursday, October 25 - 27, 2016 from 10am – 6pm
Cost: $995.00
Early Bird (until October 14th): $895.00

DAY 1: From Dailies to Final Cut: Analysis of a lined script and the making of two classics.
Scenes from - "The Graduate" and "Rosemary’s Baby"
DAY 2: Beginnings and Endings: Setting up a world and the payoff.
Scenes from – "Breathless," "Bonnie & Clyde," "All That Jazz," "Manhattan," "Saving Private Ryan," "Michael Clayton," "Up"
DAY 3: Finessing the Problem Scene: Using sleight of hand and controlling focus.
Scenes from - "12 Angry Men," "Becket," "Body Heat," "Gosford Park," "Rachel Getting Married," "Moneyball," "Before Midnight"

'Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 2' - Tuesday - Thursday, November 1 - 3, 2016 from 10am – 6pm
Cost: $995.00
Early Bird (until October 14th): $895.00

DAY 1: Playing with Time: Intercutting and flashbacks.
Scenes from - "Don’t Look Now," "Lenny," "Silence of the Lambs," "Out of Sight," 'Unfaithful,' "Argo"
DAY 2: Building Suspense: Point of view and psychology.
Scenes from - "Rear Window," "In Cold Blood," "The French Connection," "Chinatown," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Black Swan"
DAY 3: Style as Content: Breaking rules with camera, music and sound.
Scenes from - "A Hard Day’s Night," "The Big Chill," "The Right Stuff," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Requiem for a Dream"

Students can register at Our 'Making the Cut with Bobbie O’Steen: Volume 1 & Volume 2' courses are located under the “three-day” drop down menu. Prospective students can sign up for both 'Making the Cut: Volume 1 & Volume 2' courses and receive 15% off the total price (Regular Price - $1,990.00 ($995.00 for each class,) with bundle discount $1,690.00!! Please indicate in the comments section of the registration page that you are taking more than one class and would like to receive the bundle price when registering.

About Bobbie O’Steen
Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with film students, professionals and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy-nominated editor and author of two acclaimed books about editing. Cut to the Chase is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen; and her second book, The Invisible Cut, deconstructs classic movie scenes through a cut-by-cut analysis.

She has taught graduate school workshops at NYU and contributes commentary and interviews about the art of editing for The Criterion Collection releases. She has moderated numerous panels honoring master editors at EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA and 92Y Tribeca. She is now partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop to regularly host her evening event series in NYC called “Inside the Cutting Room.” She has also written for such publications as ACE’s CinemaEditor Magazine, which recently named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”

O’Steen’s next project is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editor's pioneering role in computer animation. For more info go to

About Manhattan Edit Workshop – Certified Training in New York City & Your City
Headquartered in the Flatiron District of New York City, Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing cutting-edge instruction on Apple®, Adobe® and Avid® platforms. Since then, MEWShop has added Digital Cinema Production classes, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk® Smoke®, Avid assistant editor workshops, Assimilate Scratch training and an advance color correction classes to its already impressive curriculum. MEWShop’s signature Six-Week Intensive is a jump-start for anyone looking for a career in post-production, while weekend and one-week courses introduce and solidify core editing concepts. Corporate and group training offer a customized curriculum, either in-house or on-site, for professionals eager to learn a new skill or to build on existing ones. The facility’s focus on small workshops, highly skilled and certified faculty, and a results-oriented curriculum have quickly won it the reputation as New York’s premier post-production teaching facility.

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