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Craig McKay, ACE Discusses the Editing of “Babies”

Craig McKay, ACE – “Babies” (Inside the Cutting Room) This video is from the Manhattan Edit Workshop presents “Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen” series.

Craig McKay, born in New York’s Hudson Valley, is a feature film editor, story consultant, director, and executive producer. Recognized with two Academy Award nominations for editing “Reds and ‘The Silence of the Lambs”, and an Emmy Award for editing the NBC miniseries “Holocaust’, he has edited more than forty films including ‘Philadelphia”, “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Cop Land” and “Maid in Manhattan”.

Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and the movie-going public. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated film editor and the 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 filled with stories from the cutting room and behind the scenes on such landmark films as “The Graduate’ and “Chinatown”. Her second book, “The Invisible Cut”, deconstructs classic movie scenes from such films as “Rear Window” and “The French Connection” through a cut-by-cut analysis.

“Babies”, also known as Baby(ies) and Bébé(s), is a 2010 French documentary film by Thomas Balmès that follows four humans through their first year after birth. Two of the babies featured in the film are from rural areas: Ponijao from Opuwo, Namibia, and Bayar(jargal) from Bayanchandmani, Mongolia, and two are from urban areas: Mari from Tokyo, Japan, and Hattie from San Francisco, U.S. The film was released in the United States by Focus Features on 7 May 2010. The movie has grossed over a million dollars, entering at the box office at number ten.

Manhattan Edit Workshop is a New York Film Editing School offering a full range of basic to advanced manufacturer certified training courses, from the Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate and Apple products to the complete suite of Adobe applications.

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