This blog is the work of Steve Cohen. I’m a motion picture editor working in Los Angeles. You can check out my credits here.
Though I began my career using traditional film tools, in the early ’90s I worked closely with Montage, Ltd. and then with Avid, helping them build a user interface and feature set that would be effective for people like me. I’m very proud of the part I played in developing what was to become the gold standard for professional editing.
During that time, I edited the first studio feature to use Media Composer (“Lost in Yonkers“) and the first TV movie that used an Avid to conform a film negative (“Teamster Boss“). I subsequently demonstrated the Media Composer to the technical wing of the Motion Picture Academy, which led to Avid’s Academy Award. I also wrote a book about the Media Composer, called “Avid Media Composer Techniques and Tips,” which became something of an underground classic. In 2010, I wrote a new book covering the modern Media Composer, called “Avid Agility.” Now in its third edition, it’s available from at Amazon in print or Kindle form. For details, reviews and samples, see this page.
In the late ’90s I became the first chairman of the editing department at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, one of the only schools in the world that offers a Master’s Degree in motion picture editing. More recently, I’ve guest taught at USC and Art Center College of Design.
From 2000 to 2004 I helped create, and then became the publisher of, the Motion Picture Editors Guild Magazine. And in 2006, I co-founded the Avid Editors Advisory Committee, a group of prominent editors and post production professionals that has been meeting with Avid’s engineers and product marketing people, helping to improve and modernize the system.
I’ve won various awards over the years including an Emmy for “LBJ: The Early Years” and an A.C.E. Eddy for “Don King: Only in America.” In 2007, I received the American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award for “journalistic illumination of the art of editing.”
I’m using this site to continue the dialog that I began with the Editors Guild Magazine, namely to talk about the current state of editing, motion media and its effects on work and life.
If you need to contact me directly, you can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org.