Craig McKay, ACE Discusses the Editing of “Philadelphia”

Editor Craig McKay, ACE discusses the departure from strict narrative structure as seen in “Philadelphia.” 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.

“Philadelphia” is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Andrew Beckett in the film, while the song “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

ACE is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing. ACE, American Cinema Editors (

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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