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DECEMBER, 2020

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Part II of our extensive, in-depth interview with Jeffrey Ford, ACE, editor of Marvel Studios mega box office hits, The Avengers, Captain America and more. In this 2nd part of our talk we dig down into Jeff’s working style, challenges, tips for assistant editors working their way up, the “politics” of the editing room & more!
You might know the name Jeffrey Ford as the editor of some of the most successful & exciting box office films of all-time. However, his many Marvel hits, (Iron Man 3, Captain America: The First Avenger, Winter Soldier & Civil War and The Avengers, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War & Endgame) are only some of his credits.

Jeff’s work goes beyond the realm of superheroes and CGI extravaganzas. He’s also cut powerful dramas like One Hour Photo, Shattered Glass, Crazy Heart and most recently The Comey Rule & Let Him Go. Not only is Jeff an editor at the top of his game, he’s also a genuine cinephile who possesses a deep knowledge and love of the filmmaking craft. Collectively, the films Jeff has cut have earned over 4 billion dollars in global box office.

If you love movies and want a deeper understanding of the editing craft from a consummate filmmaker, we know this is something you will really enjoy.

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Simon Smith

          Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Table of Contents
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00:00 – Intro
00:21 – How do you avoid getting “typecast” in a specific genre?
04:56 – How do you prepare for a project before it begins?
09:15 – Do you approach a small drama differently than a Marvel film?
12:12 – Has your editing style changed over the years?
15:23 – What are your biggest challenges editing the Marvel films?
17:46 – How long were you on “Avengers Infinity War & Endgame?”
22:34 – Do you ever look at a scene and think “how am I going to put this together?”
24:57 – Solving problems in dramatic vs. CGI based films.
26:26 – We’ve heard of writers’ block, do you ever get block?
29:36 – What do you like best about cutting the MCU films?
31:01 – What do you like least about working on those films?
32:57 – Your Co-editor Matthew Schmidt started as your assistant; how did you connect?
38:48 – How can people learn the “politics” of the cutting room?
41:31 – Can you give us some critical wisdom for people starting out in editorial?

Simon Smith - Emmy

          Jeffrey Ford, ACE

Simon Smith

          Marvel Cinematic Universe

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