Dede Allen

Dede Allen, one of the seminal figures in editing for nearly a half century, died Saturday of a stroke. She was the first editor I ever met, and she was partly responsible for my choice of career. I will miss her — her inspiration, her intelligence, her wisdom — more than I can say. The LA Times Obituary credits her with making editing an art coequal with cinematography. Whether that’s true or not, her influence has been pervasive.

Mia Goldman did a wonderful interview with her for the Editors Guild Magazine back in 2000 (when I was the magazine’s editor). She had just cut her first picture with an Avid, “The Wonder Boys,” after finishing a stint as an executive at Warner Bros. The interview is still online, and it shines a unique light on her point of view: Part 1, Part 2.

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