ACE INTERN PROGRAM – STUDENT EDITING COMPETITION
The American Cinema Editors are proud to accept applications for the ACE Internship Program. Our program gives an opportunity to talented and highly motivated University Graduates who wish to make editing their career. We place them in three different editing venues (television, reality t.v. and features), thereby helping them to refine their specific occupational goals. The qualifying requirements are as follows:
1. You must be a college graduate.
2. You should have a desire to have a career as a film editor.
3. You are willing to make a commitment to living in Los Angeles.
4. You will be available for 6 weeks to participate in the internship program.
5. You must be able to write an article for the ACE magazine the Cinemeditor upon completion of the internship program, in which you will discuss your experience as an ACE intern.
6. You must be available to participate in several ACE functions during the course of the next year including the ACE Holiday Party, the Annual ACE Eddie Awards Ceremony, and the welcoming of the following year’s interns.
For the first time, the ACE Internship Program is being sponsored by the NAB Show. We will be reorganizing the program, its’ dates, the lecture panels, and with the generosity of our benefactors at NAB, we will be able to offer a stipend to the participants.
Our next internship program will take place in January and February of 2014. We will be accepting two interns from the United States. They must be college graduates, willing to relocate to Los Angeles, and have Avid and Final Cut Pro skills. Applications are due by September 30th, 2013.
We will post further information about fees, interview schedules, and lecture panels in the near future.
All applicants are invited to the Lecture Series.
The selected applicants participate in a six-week program which starts in January and ends in February. The current structure of the Internship Program emphasizes assistant picture editing. The Outreach Program for the selected military applicant will have an extensive overview of music / sound editing and design, visual effects, as well as an overview of assistant picture editing and post facilities.
The first week is spent in the ACE lecture series. Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E., (Chair of the Internship Committee) moderates several panels made up of accomplished editors and exceptional assistant editors.
Topics covered are:
~ How to get started in Hollywood, and the unwritten rules of etiquette that govern the editing room.
~ An assistant editor’s tasks, from dailies to online/negative cut.
~ An evening with illustrious editors who share their stories about how they got their first jobs and who they are likely to hire as an assistant.
Over the past few years, we have hosted the panels with some wonderful talents, including: Angus Wall, Matt Chesse, Stephen Mirrione, Steve Rivkin, John Refoua, Bonnie Koehler, Briana London, Susanne Malles, Alan Heim, Michael Tronick, Maysie Hoy, Tina Hirsch, Mark Goldblatt, Diana Friedberg, Troy Takaki, Stephen Lovejoy, Chris Cooke, Hunter Via, and many more.
The next five weeks are spent in different editing rooms, shadowing assistant editors. The venues selected represent television, features, and reality t.v. There is also one week dedicated to exploring post production venues such as, the lab, telecine facility, VFX house, sound effects and music editing rooms, ADR and dub stage. These venues offer the opportunity to observe the inherently different styles and requirements of each room and what the assistant editor is expected to deliver to each venue or facility during the making of their film. It is an opportunity for the intern to absorb, question, compare and contrast what they’ve learned both in school and on the job.
There are many opportunities to network with current or past interns, assistant editors, editors and other filmmakers during the internship. The interns will work at the Blue Ribbon Panel (where the films nominated for an Eddie are screened), be a guest of ACE at the nominee cocktail party (where the interns will receive their plaques), be a guest of ACE for the Eddie Awards, and work at the Invisible Art, Visible Artist event (where the Oscar nominated editors sit on a panel and screen a sequence from their film). The interns will also help host a thank-you dinner sponsored by ACE for all the editors, assistants and post personnel who participated in the Internship Program. The interns will be invited to the next year’s Editfest.
Before and after the program, the Internship Committee meets with the interns to prepare, encourage, and mentor them. Each intern will be assigned their own mentor (an ACE member), to whom they will email a daily journal. Each intern will be required to write an article for the Cinemaeditor Magazine describing his or her experience. It is also expected that the chosen ACE interns return the following year to participate in the orientation and final meeting for the next year’s chosen interns. This helps foster the basic ideology of mentoring.
The application packet should include a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a personal application letter stating one’s ambitions and views of editing.
It is imperative for the standard applicant to have a working knowledge of Avid and Final Cut Pro, as well as a commitment to moving to Los Angeles. However, we do not expect our veteran applicants to be proficient with the tools used in the cutting rooms or post facilities. We highly recommend becoming familiar with these systems during and after the internship.
Please do not include any dvds of films you have edited in your application package. Each letter of application and recommendation should be one page in length and unstapled.
Applications are due by September 30th, 2013, and should be sent to the ACE office:
American Cinema Editors
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
Attention: Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E.
818 733.5023 (fax)