Im sure anyone whos ever been to film school or read a book about. Hollywood editors tend to like a slick style of editing, where all the bumps are removed. Thelma schoonmaker on sculpting silence and editing powell. Frenetic editing thelma schoonmakers oscarnominated editing is one of the shining stars of goodfellas. Making history thelma schoonmakers editing for the irishman. Making history thelma schoonmakers editing for the. Threetime oscar winner and current nominee thelma schoonmaker, who has edited every martin scorsese film since raging bull, dissects a sequence in hugo that prompts her to recall the process of. Wnyc, mp3, 8 lessons thelma schoonmaker taught us at tff 2014. The seen artwork of enhancing with thelma schoonmaker green.
Since 2007, weisblum has cut all of both wes andersons and darren aronofsky. Thelma schoonmaker editing intl cut of anurag kashyaps. Schoonmaker has received seven academy award nominations for best editing, and has won three times for raging bull, the. Thelma schoonmaker and martin scorsese when they were editing. This is the basic cut also known as a hard cut that puts two clips together. Over the decades, shes spent untold hours in the editing booth with scorsese, fretting over cuts. While scorsese has a large say in the edit, he owes much of his success to his longtime collaborative partner, thelma schoonmaker. Thelma schoonmaker and martin scorsese when they were editing woodstock together in 1969. Nov 22, 2011 thelma schoonmaker is a softspoken, grayhaired, somewhat motherly 71yearold who, for the past 31 years, has spent up to 11 hours a day staring intently at mens skulls being bashed in, their.
However, if we look at the works of one of the greatest and most accomplished film editors of all timethe great thelma schoonmaker, the longtime creative editing partner of scorsese himselfthats not always the case. Schoonmaker, who has won three oscars for film editing raging bull, the aviator, the departed, told studio 360 it can take as much as a year to edit a scorsese film. Thelma schoonmaker is the backbone of scorseses mastery. But the conversation always tends to drift and explore new avenues, so you get a whole lot more. Thelma schoonmaker is the backbone of scorseses mastery jennifer lame, editor of noah baumbachs five most recent films, talks about what an inspiration the legendary editor has been. That was very interesting for me to realize we were going to be able to pace the film the way it deserved to be paced. Like many, i am sure that i experience a scorsese binge from time to time. Powell is the son of michael powell, a prominent film director to whom schoonmaker was married until his death in 1990. Schoonmaker s postmodern editing synthesizes a number of different influences, approaches, and devices. Thelma schoonmaker contributor of woodstock goodreads.
She started working with scorsese on his debut feature film whos that knocking at my door 1967, and edited all of scorseses films since raging bull 1980. She is an editor, known for the departed 2006, the irishman 2019 and raging bull 1980. The approaches mentioned above outline the unique style of schoonmaker s editing technique. Its pretty simple, most of martin scorseses latest films are on netflix with notable examples. The longtime editor and martin scorsese collaborator is a threetime oscar winner and has edited over 40 films. We will disect what it is that an editor of thelmas calibre accomplishes with her technique. Thelma schoonmaker on film editing dp30s interviews with filmmakers are always worth a watch and thats very true of these gems with thelma schoonmaker.
It was very important for marty and the visual effects team to follow the book, explains thelma schoonmaker, whos up for her fourth oscar this. We like a certain roughness sometimes in the film editing style that hollywood editors wouldnt like. Thelma knows the assembly is miles away from the final result, and when shooting is finished, the film becomes something completely different. How sally menke and quentin tarantino cut together. New york ap thelma schoonmaker would still be working on martin scorseses silence if she could. Editor thelma schoonmaker is a threetime academy award winner who has worked alongside filmmaker martin scorsese for. Oscarwinning editor thelma schoonmaker opens up about her approach to editing, as well as working with her partner in crime, martin. Thelma schoonmaker scorseses longtime collaborator at 80. Thelma schoonmaker has been a close collaborator with martin scorsese as the editor for most of his films. It was going to be more of a character development story than say goodfellas is. Some editors feel that the way you have to cut for a stereo 3d release cramps their style, but not so with schoonmaker. Thelma schoonmaker was born on january 3, 1940 in algiers, algeria as thelma colbert schoonmaker. This week, bafta guru released a gem of an interview with legendary film editor thelma schoonmaker, in which she talks about the beginning of her career and how she approaches every film she edits. Dp30s interviews with filmmakers are always worth a watch and thats very true of these gems with thelma schoonmaker.
I asked her about going from a film as artistic and technically complex as hugo to one as overthetop as the wolf of wall street. Schoonmaker has received eight academy award nominations. A look at the influential editing techniques of martin scorsese. Heres an exclusive premiere of a featurette about the editing of silence. Schoonmaker has received seven academy award nominations for best editing, and has won three times for raging bull, the aviator, and the departed. Adapted from the charles brandt book i heard you paint houses, the threeand ahalf. Thelma schoonmaker talks of editing, aging, and endings in.
Thelma colbert schoonmaker born january 3, 1940 is an american film editor who has worked with director martin scorsese for over fifty years quotes. Dec 17, 20 i recently spoke with thelma schoonmaker, film editor for the wolf of wall street. The visible art of editing with thelma schoonmaker studionics. Jan 03, 2020 thelma schoonmaker turns 80 on friday. What can the iconic thelma schoonmaker teach us about editing. When i saw thelma schoonmaker speak at the tribeca film festival, she broke. What are the editing techniques used by thelma schoonmaker in. How does the editing shape the different performance styles. It certainly contributes more than any other element of the film to the unique style that anderson seemingly hoped to emulate with boogie nights. Thelma schoonmaker would make history as the first person to win four oscars for best film editing by amanda spears as the last shot of the irishman fades to black, it comes as no surprise that the first title card is for the director, martin scorsese, and the second for writer, steven zaillian. Dec 02, 2019 thelma schoonmaker and martin scorsese when they were editing woodstock together in 1969. For editor andrew weisblum, that ideal is well on the way to becoming a reality twice over. Schoonmaker is a longtime collaborator of martin scorsese, most recently having edited hugo.
A look at the influential editing techniques of martin. Adapted from the charles brandt book i heard you paint houses, the threeandahalf. Schoonmaker has received seven academy award nominations for best editing, and has won. But, sometimes marty and i like to keep in those bumps, because they add a certain grittiness to the film, a certain reality. Pope francis is a jesuit and weve heard that reading the b. The academy award for best film editing is one of the annual awards of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences ampas. Simply put, schoonmaker has been scorseses goto editor and key collaborator over the course of some 25 films, winning oscars for raging bull, the aviator and the departed. Martin scorseses the irishman trailer reveals first.
Oct 14, 2010 now every one knows the explosive directorial style of scorsese, but ever since their first collaboration on raging bull 1980, thelma schoonmaker has consistently made sure her style is original. Every morning, thelma schoonmaker heads to the directors guild of america building in new york, just south of central park, and gets to work in the editing room she first calls my editing room. One of the first things scorsese looks at with his edit. Thelma schoonmakers favorite scorsese moments similarly, another hallmark of scorseses directing style and schoonmakers editing prowess is the duos ability to work with improvised performances and scenes. Sound designer frank warner came up with a crackle to match the popping camera flashbulb sound from the 40s and 50s, and she. Everything will change assembly edit is a term that truly means what it says. When i saw thelma schoonmaker speak at the tribeca film festi. Sep 15, 2020 schoonmaker s husband, michael powell, died at age eightyfour in february of 1990, while editing of goodfellas was still underway. Thelma schoonmaker is an american film editor who has worked with director.
Schoonmakers postmodern editing synthesizes a number of different influences, approaches, and devices. Thelma schoonmaker, ace is an iconic presence in the world of editing. Learn more from martin scorseses longtime editor, thelma schoonmaker, and why you sometimes want your audience to notice your cuts. Martin scorseses longtime editor talked raging bull, the move to digital and the art of cutting while at the venice film festival where she has. The 10 best edited movies of all time page 2 taste of. Griffith whose films like the birth of the nation 1915 established a classical and revelatory editing style that would remain until dziga vertov flipped it on its ass with his man with a movie camera 1929, which was one of the first movies that, through editing, made the audience aware that they were viewing.
Any discussion of his cutting style has to include her input. Even if you dont recognise film editor thelma schoonmaker s name, youll certainly know. Thelma schoonmaker is one of the industrys most famous editors and one. Pope francis is a jesuit and weve heard that reading the book silence is. The visible art of editing with thelma schoonmaker premiumbeat. So, lets dive into the career, works, and styles of schoonmaker. You get to contribute so significantly in the editing room because you shape the movie and the performances, she says. Martin scorsese movies may be easily identified by the way they are cut. Thelma schoonmaker would make history as the first person to win four oscars for best film editing by amanda spears as the last shot of the irishman fades to black, it comes as no surprise that the first title card is for the director, martin scorsese, and. Thelma schoonmaker has been one of martin scorseses most trusted collaborators for half a century, and with her eighth academy award nomination, for netflixs the irishman, she ties a record held. The irishman editor thelma schoonmaker postperspective. The first revolves around the wolf of wall street, whilst the second focuses on hugo.
Another hallmark of scorseses directorial style and schoonmakers editorial skills is the duos ability to work with improvised performances and scenes. Scorsese even played matchmaker by setting up powell romantically with his friend thelma schoonmaker, a. Editing that invisible art of the cinema became fully realized in battleship potemkin, the silent russian masterpiece from director sergei eisenstein for better and for worse from the deft slicing and dicing of footage by longtime martin scorsese editor thelma schoonmaker to the incoherent jumbling in your average michael bay film eisenstein revealed how a true movie is a. Feb 11, 2019 three oscars, one bafta fellowship, and the editing brains behind some of the worlds most memorable films. For many an editor, these longtime creative partnerships represent the most alluring and elusive of career ideals. The visible art of editing with thelma schoonmaker. How irishman editor honored the richness of acting of. Dec 02, 2019 by iain blair editor thelma schoonmaker is a threetime academy award winner who has worked alongside filmmaker martin scorsese for almost 50 years.
I recently spoke with thelma schoonmaker, film editor for the wolf of wall street. Adam driver, martin scorsese director, liam neeson, thelma schoonmaker editor. Thelma schoonmaker talks of editing, aging, and endings in martin. Scorsese plays with the temporality of film, the continuous illusion, what john gardner called, in the novel, the fictive dream. Learn the process of material management from frontline editors. Her premise is that editing is aesthetic expression as well as technique, a fact that few scholars have recognized. Before leaving, he asked thelma schoonmaker to begin editing the footage. In terms of special training to become a filmmaker, one.
Situated in the heart of londons west end, 195 piccadilly is the home of bafta worldwide, as well as an awardwinning venue for hire that offers outstanding hospitality and a suite of flexible event spaces, which can be crafted to suit any occasion. So, lets dive into the career, works, and styles of schoonmaker to see. Nov 01, 2011 thelma schoonmaker and martin scorsese when they were editing woodstock together in 1969. Thelma schoonmaker the invisible force behind martin. Nouvelle vague, music videos, classical continuity editing particularly shotreverse shot dialogue editing, long takes and intrasequence cutting, montage, freeze frames, dissolves, jump cuts, temporal ellipses, extreme closeups, and irises.
Thelma schoonmaker simultaneously embodies and shatters that axiom. In honor of march being womens history month, here are women in film who have made contributions to the film industry by sharing their unique voices. Nat geo, which went into development on the 8episode television adaptation of the right stuff. Martin scorsese film editing scorseses approach to editing. Thelma schoonmaker and the movie magic of hugo cinemontage. Schoonmaker talks about the turning and editing process behind the wolf of wall street, and shares insights into how scorsese would open up the set to improvised lines and deliveries. The seen artwork of enhancing with thelma schoonmaker. Dec 02, 2014 thelma schoonmaker editing intl cut of anurag kashyaps bombay velvet exclusive. Aug 01, 2014 15 lessons you can learn from thelma schoonmaker about film editing posted on august 1, 2014 august 1, 2014 by byron smith ever since martin scorseses feature debut whose that knocking at my door in 1967, one of the defining relationships that has shaped his cinematic footprint is the one he shares with editor thelma schoonmaker. For the comedy hybrid after hours, fortyfive minutes had to be cut. Contender editor thelma schoonmaker, hugo below the. She has edited all of scorseses films since raging bull. Thelma schoonmaker is an american film editor who has worked with director martin scorsese for over forty years.
While talking about her style of editing she emphasizes that, sometimes she likes the audience to notice that the shot has been edited, unlike some other editors. The above thelma schoonmaker screenshots are from silence, which was released in 2016, with shooting in 2015, so one of the version 12 series if not an earlier lightworks version couldve been used. Bombay velvet is based on gyan prakashs book mumbai fables. Mar 31, 2019 oscarwinning editor thelma schoonmaker opens up about her approach to editing, as well as working with her partner in crime, martin scorsese.496 881 306 132 684 447 113 627 338 706 902 46 306 1178 212 768 161 704 371 219 670 1011 233 1096 1170 990 851 1075 276 536