On Saturday I was very lucky to attend “TriBeCa Talks Industry: The Cutting Room - An Insight to the Edit Suite,” a talk with Thelma Schoonmaker, at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Ms. Schoonmaker has won 3 Academy Awards for film editing & is Martin Scorcese’s long-time collaborator.
She based her talk around Raging Bull, discussing the editing process but also highlighting the acting, sound editing, & photography. It was wonderful to hear her break down a few select scenes, frequently showing them twice to make sure we caught what we may have missed the first time around. A highlight was hearing first-hand what Ms. Schoonmaker considers one of the most difficult scenes she has edited, one that not only included a large amount of improvisation by the actors, but it also contained two (sometimes crying) young children & was shot with only one camera (for those of you who have seen Raging Bull, it’s the scene in the kitchen where Jake, Joey, Vickie, & Lenora are discussing his upcoming fight against Tony Janiro, seen above).
An interesting fact we learned was that TCM is frequently kept on (muted) in the background of the editing room, which I liked because it’s also a habit of my dad’s (altho not muted & usually too loud).
One of the most fascinating talks I’ve ever attended. If you’d like to read more about the talk, check out this list of highlights on Indiewire.com.
A huge thanks to VDKA6100 for the passes :)