Making the Cut: Virginia Katz, ACE—Hooked on Editing with Avid

Virginia Katz, ACE, has a long, impressive filmography, and is currently best known for editing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017), Dreamgirls (2006), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 and Part 2 (2011/2012). She calls Dreamgirls her absolute favorite movie to cut because she loves musicals.

Katz began her editing career while working with her father, who was an editor in New York. Between college semesters studying psychology, Katz spent time in the cutting room with her father and realized she was hooked on editing. A big part of the appeal for her was the power and versatility of Media Composer as a feature-rich editing system.

Katz liked that Media Composer let her put the whole script up on the monitor, and effortlessly review her edits from one word or place in the script to another. Most of all, she says that while it’s important to work hard, editors should also have a good time doing it.

“The Avid really changed my whole temperament with film because you never lose anything… You have great freedom with sound and picture.”

—Virginia Katz, ACE, editor, Beauty and the Beast, Dreamgirls

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