Upcoming Dates

Making the Cut




“O'Steen uses her insider knowledge and sensitivity to the work of editors to expose the techniques, or rather the feelings, and the instincts behind "making movie magic."  - Editor Carol Littleton, ACE (E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, The Big Chill) 

The purpose of this evening course is to reveal the art and technique of master editors through the screening and discussion of their work.   By doing a cut-by-cut analysis, Bobbie will explain the strategies and decisions behind the editing of many successful films - based on extensive interviews from her books, panels, and event series - which will ultimately empower you to become a better editor and storyteller yourself. 


Class Schedule:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    (7:00pm - 9:30pm)   

FROM DAILIES TO FINAL CUT: Revolutionary use of camera, editing, and music.  

Film - The Graduate.

Thursday, April 27, 2017   (7:00pm - 9:30pm)   

PROBLEM SOLVING: Sleight of hand and controlling focus.                                                                                            

Films - Body Heat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gosford Park, Rachel Getting Married.    


Tuesday, May 2, 2017   (7:00pm - 9:30pm)                                                                                          

SEX AND SUSPENSE:  The build up and point of view.                                                   

Films - Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, Don’t Look Now, Out of Sight, Unfaithful.


Thursday, May 4, 2017  (7:00pm - 9:30pm)   

BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS: Setting up a world and the payoff.  

Films - The Big Chill, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Bonnie & Clyde, Michael Clayton.   


Special Guest Editor TBD!  Past guest editors include Michael Berenbaum, ACE (Sex and the City, The Americans), Stephen Rotter (The Right Stuff, Enchanted), and Craig McKay, ACE (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs).  Guest editors will sit in one of our classes in week two.

Who is this class for?

Editors, Assistant Editors, Post Supervisors, Directors, Producers and Filmmakers


Regular Price: $599  

Early Bird: $499  (EARLY BIRD ENDS APRIL 14th)

Partner Organizations: $449 (Members of BCPC, Mopictive, MPEG, NYWIFT, D-Word, IFP)

Registration is under evening drop down tab - for discount please not organization in comments section.



Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with film students, professionals and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy-nominated editor and author of two acclaimed books about editing. Cut to the Chase is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen; and her second book, The Invisible Cut, deconstructs classic movie scenes through a cut-by-cut analysis.

She has taught graduate school workshops at NYU and contributes commentary and interviews about the art of editing for The Criterion Collection releases. She has moderated numerous panels honoring master editors at EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA and 92Y Tribeca. She is now partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop to regularly host her evening event series in NYC called “Inside the Cutting Room.” She has also written for such publications as ACE’s CinemaEditor Magazine, which recently named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”

O’Steen’s next project is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editor's pioneering role in computer animation.  For more information go to  bobbieosteen.com.


**Note: The curriculum above comprises planned material typically covered in the class.  The instructor may, at her discretion, adjust the lesson plan or scenes shown in class to meet the needs of the class.

Cost: $499

Certification cost: NA