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Award Worthy: Richard Chew talks about the Oscars and BAFTAs

4 July 2012 2:42 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Richard Chew about what it is like being an Academy member and what it takes to be nominated for Best Editing at the Oscars...

“Recently I was looking at both the BAFTA awards and Oscar winners to see if there was any correlation between Best Editing and Best Picture, and even more importantly any correlation between the writing nominations and Best Editing awards,” reveals Academy Award-winning film editor Richard Chew (Star Wars). “Arbitrarily I went back to 1970 because that’s when the more adventurous film editing started to bloom. A good example from that year is the documentary Woodstock [1970] which was nominated for Best Documentary as well as Best Editing; it was edited with such verve and boldness, unlike most other American documentaries or movies up to then. It won the Best Doc Oscar, and not the editing one, but at least it got exposure for its cutting. »

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Cutting Edge: A conversation with film editor Richard Chew

20 June 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-winner Richard Chew about his career and the craft of film editing...

“I went to law school like many students lost after college,” recalls American film editor Richard Chew who attended Harvard Law School. “It didn’t ignite me intellectually.” Inspiration was found elsewhere. “I saw this film that made a monumental impact on me called Nothing But a Man [1964], an independent film made by a couple of young mavericks. It’s a love story about a young African American couple in the South set in the social context of the time. When I saw it I realized film could be a social document, like a novel; it could tell you something about the society you live in and that’s what appealed to me.” Chew wanted to learn more about the artistic process so he became a documentary cameraman. “You would film everything that »

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