Advice from the Editors Behind the Summer Blockbuster

By in The A-List, Video Editing

It’s no secret that we’re all huge movie fans here on Avid Blogs. From thoughtful independent films to the biggest Hollywood features, we can’t get enough. Over the years, Avid has had the opportunity to interview on camera the creative women and men behind the scenes to learn about their storytelling process.

With a whole new crop of major motion pictures upon us, I thought I’d recap some of my favorite interviews with the editors, sound designers, and post production professionals from blockbusters of summer past. Enjoy!

Star Trek (2009)

Released: May 8, 2009 | Worldwide Total Gross: $385,680,446

Editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey take us inside their editorial process, creating a sci-fi adventure film with more than 1,000 visual effects and complex dialog scenes.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Released: June 24, 2009 | Worldwide Total Gross: $836,303,693

There are many challenges of telling a story of 40-foot robots when the robots don’t exist and director, Michael Bay, shoots miles of footage. See how editors Roger BartonCalvin Wimmer and Paul Rubell, bring it all together in a super fast pipeline between Michael Bay’s dailies and the VFX artists of ILM.

Iron Man 2

Released: May 7, 2010 | Worldwide Total Gross: $623,933,331

Motion pictures are a collaborative art form and the complex visual effects of Iron Man had editors Richard Pearson and Dan Lebental sharing ideas with a large team of VFX and assistant editors. In this video, hear why being an editor is being a pure filmmaker.


Released: July 9, 2010 | Worldwide Total Gross: $127,233,108

See how filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Troublemaker Studios gave rise to a gripping new chapter in the Predator franchise.

X-Men: First Class

Released: June 3, 2011 | Worldwide Total Gross: $353,624,124

Editor Eddie Hamilton was recorded live on our stage at NAB 2012. In this video, Eddie shares his passion for the art of editing and gives a behind-the-monitor look at the techniques he used on X-Men: First Class.

Marvel’s The Avengers

Released: May 4, 2012 | Worldwide Total Gross: $1,518,594,910.

With a 92-day first-unit shoot yielding over a million feet of dailies, editor Jeff FordRobin Buday, and Matt Schmidt had their edit suites running fast. In fact, they got their materials from set so quickly, they often cut a scene before the director saw the dailies at the end of the day. Don’t miss this exclusive interview with The Avengers editorial team.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the creative pros behind the summer blockbuster. Thank you to Box Office Mojo for the worldwide gross figures. Now, time to wrap this article up; I’ve got tickets to see X-Men: Days of Future Past in Digital 3D tonight!

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