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Behind the Scenes: Marvel’s The Avengers

Marvel's The Avengers

With Avengers: Infinity War smashing box office records, it seems nobody missed the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Three editors who brought form to that universe back in 2012—editor Jeff Ford, assistant editors Robin Buday and Matt Schmidt—were the subject of this Behind the Scenes episode. Meet the team that helped to create one of the most successful films of all time using Media Composer, Pro Tools, and Avid shared storage. Let’s take a look back at the post production behind Marvel’s The Avengers.

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The A-List — Rachel Schreibman, Assistant Editor on “The Jungle Book”

Rachel Schreibman is known for her work as an assistant editor on Once Upon a Time (2014), Almost Human (2013), and Psych (2013). Most recently she was an assistant editor on the live action remake of The Jungle Book.

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The A-List — Nancy Forner, ACE, Associate Professor of Cinema Practice at USC

Nancy Forner is an Associate Professor of Cinema Practice at USC. During her career she has worked on many notable and diverse projects in genres and styles that range from comedy, horror, action/adventure, to fantasy and medical/legal procedurals.  The award-winning Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, The Vampire Diaries,  Witches of East End and the cult classic Return to Horror High are a few, but not all, of her many and varied credits.

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The A-List — Kevin Tent, ACE, Editor of “Sideways”, “The Descendants”

Kevin Tent is a film editor and director. Tent serves as a member of the board for the  American Cinema Editors (ACE). Kevin Tent is best known for being Alexander Payne’s go-to film editor on films such as Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, and Election. Tent has been nominated for an Academy Award for best editing for The Descendants and won an ACE Eddie award for the same film and received three other ACE Eddie Award nominations for Election, Sideways and About Schmidt.

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The A-List — Kabir Akhtar, ACE, Editor of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Kabir Akhtar is an American television director and Emmy Award-winning editor. Akhtar’s credits include work for Arrested Development, New Girl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Unsolved Mysteries, Behind the Music, and the Academy Awards. He has edited nine pilots which were made into series, and also directed the pilot episode of the MTV series 8th & Ocean, and the TV Diaries pilot for Fox.

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The A-List — Julian Smirke (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Kristen Young (Avatar)

Julian Smirke is known for his work as an Assistant Editor of Star War: The Force Awakens. Other credits include Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011).

Kristen Young is known for her work as an Assistant Editor: Performance Capture for Avatar. Other credits include Superbad (2007), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), and X-Men: First class (2011).

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The A-List — Josh Earl, ACE (Deadliest Catch) and Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul)

Josh Earl is known for his work on Deadliest Catch (2005), American Heiress (2007) and Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013). Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program for Deadliest Catch (2005) form 2011-2015. Was nominated for four other Emmy Awards.

Kelley Dixon is known for her work on Breaking Bad (2008), Good Will Hunting (1997) and Better Call Saul (2015). She is a winner of the Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series for the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

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The A-List — Colby Parker Jr, ACE, Editor of “Deepwater Horizon”, “Patriots Day”

Colby Parker Jr. is an editor and actor, known for Deepwater Horizon (2016), Patriots Day (2016), Ant-Man (2015) and Lone Survivor (2013). Together with Dan Lebental, he was nominated for a American Cinema Editors Award and Saturn Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical for his work on Ant-Man.

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The A-List — Catherine Haight, ACE, Editor of “Transparent”, “New Girl”

Catherine Haight is an editor on the Amazon series Transparent (2014). Other credits include Afternoon Delight (2013), Mozart in the Jungle (2014), Girls (2012), and New Girl (2011). Her work on the pilot episode of Transparent earned a nomination for both an Emmy and ACE Eddie Award. The pilot episode of Girls also received an ACE Eddie nomination in 2013.

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The A-List — Adam Gerstel, Editor of “Transformers: The Last Knight”

Adam Gerstel is known for his work on The Departed (2006), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and The Aviator (2004). Most recently he was the editor for Michael Bay’s blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight.

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