Craig McKay at EditFest Shortcuts. Photo credit: D. Ochiva
You don’t get very many chances to spend an evening screening and interviewing a distinguished editor whose work on movies including Reds and Silence of the Lambs makes him a living legend within the cinema community. (He’s a very modest guy to boot, so he’d never use that attribution.)
I had that chance a couple of weeks ago when I attended the first EditFest Shortcuts, an event co-sponsored by Manhattan Edit Workshop and the Editor’s Guild that included a one-on-one screening and Q&A dedicated to explicating an experienced editor’s career, in this case, Mr. McKay, who talks about lessons learned working with one of the best editors we’ve had: Dede Allen.
My article is now posted on the Editor’s Guild website. If you’d like to see how a major editing talent began, and learned to deal with a variety of challenges in his career, you can read more here.