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03/28 Advanced Editing Tools and Functions for Assistant Editors Workshop (MPEG)
03/29 Advanced Editing Tools and Functions for Assistant Editors Workshop (MPEG)
04/15 MPEG Membership Screening
04/18 The New Content Production Pipeline (Cinedeck)

(Editor’s Note: This essay appears in the forthcoming issue of 'CineMontage.') The start of a new year prompts us to step back momentarily from our day-to-day concerns, reflect upon the long view, and make resolutions for our future. This column affords a similar opportunity to take stock of the bigger picture. Ordinarily we focus on what post-production employees have accomplished through their solidarity, but let’s cut from our usual close-ups of Local 700 organizing to a wide shot of the state of the American labor movement.

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A recent conference on “The Future of Audio Entertainment Technology: Cinema, Television and the Internet,” organized by the Audio Engineering Society, provided a unique glimpse of the types of workflow and creative challenges facing post-production professionals. Held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, and co-chaired by Dr. Sean Olive and Brian McCarthy, the three-day gathering included a number of keynote addresses from industry luminaries, together with technical workshops and papers sessions.

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On Saturday morning, February 21, the American Cinema Editors (ACE) hosted its15th Annual Invisible Art/Invisible Artists program in Hollywood to honor the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing. Just a block away from where the Oscars would be presented the next day, a capacity audience filled the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre to enjoy a lively discussion among the contenders. Photo by Wm. Stetz.

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For picture editor Spencer Averick, editing the 2014 film 'Selma 'was a triumphant career achievement of many firsts; the film was nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Picture and Best Song (“Glory”), winning the latter — and it was his first job as a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. His journey began when he met the film’s director Ava DuVernay at an early stage, when they both were starting out in filmmaking. It was 2007, and DuVernay was directing her documentary 'This is the Life.' Like most Hollywood tales, it was about being in the right place at the right time.

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Winter 2015
Actor's Fund
Motion Picture & Television Fund

‘Midnight Rider’ Director Issues Statement from Jail
"Midnight Rider" director Randall Miller, who pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the on-set death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, issued a statement to the Associated Press from his jail cell saying that he accepted responsibility for the accident that killed her and injured six others.

Feds Cite CNN’s 'Anti-Union Animus,' Reject Latest Appeal In Worker Firings

Husband of Worker Hurt on ‘NCIS: LA’ Calls for 'After-Injury Advocate'

At the Box Office, It’s No Longer a Man’s World

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Perez, Jarrett to Take Paid-Leave Show on the Road Starting April 1
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will travel to several states this spring to promote paid-leave policies, showing the extent to which the Obama administration is working outside the Beltway to achieve its policy goals.

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Five-Week Low

Sargent: A Massive Trade Deal is Marching Forward. Can Labor and Democrats Improve It?

The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

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"As a supervising ADR editor, I work closely with the director and the picture editor, pointing out production that is problematic and offering additional creative suggestions. I rely on input from the dialogue editor for instances where the production can be saved and input from the sound effects editor for background wallas that should be recorded. "

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