From Comicbook to Screen, Editors Discuss Working on Marvel Films and Series at EditFest L.A.

By in The A-List, Video Editing

On Saturday, August 1, Avid participated in the American Cinema Editors’ annual EditFest L.A. event at The Walt Disney Studios. The panel discussion, moderated by Michael Krulik, principal applications specialist at Avid, centered on The Hero’s Journey: From Comicbook to Screen. Avid supports the professional editing community by sponsoring events like EditFest L.A. where attendees had the chance to hear first-hand the challenges and triumphs editors face behind the scenes of Marvel films and television series. The editors of Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Daredevil discussed what it’s like to work on a Marvel production, what their workflow and creative processes are like, as well as projects each editor has slated over the next year.

Avid's panel discussion at EditFest L.A.: 'The Hero’s Journey: From Comicbook to Screen'

Jonathan Chibnall, editor of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil, discussed character development and how to ensure a character is suited for an action-packed television series, while paying close attention to details and shifts in the overall mood.

Colby Parker, Jr., ACE, co-editor of Ant-Man, commented on the film’s combination of comedy and action. Lisa Lassek, whose credits include The Avengers and Age of Ultron, praised Marvel for their selection of creative directors, who all bring their own vision and voice to each movie they direct.

Michael Krulik, Jonathan Chibnall, Lisa Lassek, Dan Lebental (ACE), Colby Parker Jr. (ACE), Fred Raskin (ACE)

Fred Raskin, editor on Guardians and currently working on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight, also weighed in on character development and character generators, explaining how CG characters offer endless possibilities and room for flexibility.

The closing remarks spoke to what pressure, if any, editors feel while working on a Marvel film. Success was the main focus, with Ant-Man and Iron Man’s co-editor Dan Lebental sharing how important it is to rise above the rest in the television and film industries.

'Team Avid' at EditFest L.A.: Greg Lawler, Marianna Montague, Michael Krulik, Sara Griggs, Shravya Shavva, Melissa Circe

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