Panelist Alumni News

Vanja Cernjul, ASC, HFC

Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography 2016 Panelist

August 14 2018

Capturing Crazy Rich Asians with the VariCam Pure

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy-drama film, which is based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan, and tells the story of an Asian American woman who meets her boyfriend's family, only to find out they are one of the richest families in Singapore. The Warner Bros film was directed by Jon M. Chu (Now You See Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and features an all Asian cast, including Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, and many others. It is the first Hollywood studio film to feature Asians in leading roles since director Wayne Wang’s 1993 film, The Joy Luck Club.

The film was shot by cinematographer Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFC (The Perfection, The Deuce, Marco Polo) with VariCam Pure cinema cameras . Černjul discovered cinematography at film school at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. After graduation, he became a cameraman for international news outlets like the BBC, CNN, and NBC during the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia. “There was no internet available to us in 1991, so we had to distribute all the footage from the location to the networks via a satellite link, which was very expensive,” explains Černjul. “There was also a great time pressure because it didn’t matter how amazing your footage was if it wasn’t delivered before deadline. That taught me a lot about in-camera editing and shooting under various conditions, always utilizing available light.

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Anne V. Coates, ACE

Sight, Sound & Story: Post Production Summit 2016 Panelist

May 9, 2018

Anne V. Coates, Admired Editor of Acclaimed Movies, Dies at 92

From The New York Times By Margalit Fox

-Anne V. Coates, an English surgical nurse who forsook her calling to perform surgery on some of the best-known motion pictures of the 20th century, earning an Academy Award for film editing in 1963, died on Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 92.

Her death, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, was announced on Twitter by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

One of the most celebrated film editors of her era, Ms. Coates won an Oscar for her work on “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), the enduring drama directed by David Lean and starring Peter O’Toole. (The film won six additional Oscars, including best picture.)

In a six-decade career that took her from England to Hollywood, Ms. Coates worked with some of the best-known directors of her time, including, besides Mr. Lean, Michael Powell, Milos Forman (who died last month) and Sidney Lumet, receiving four more Oscar nominations along the way.

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Sidney Wolinsky, ACE

Sight, Sound & Story: Post Production Summit 2015 Panelist

February 8, 2018

Sidney Wolinsky Reflects On Shaping "Water" With Director Guillermo del Toro

Editor earns his 1st career Oscar nomination, 7th ACE Eddie Award nod

From Shoot Online  By Robert Goldrich

Editor Sidney Wolinsky, ACE first worked with director Guillermo del Toro on the pilot for FX Network’s The Strain, a series which del Toro created and for which he served as an executive producer. Their fruitful collaboration prompted del Toro to again gravitate to Wolinsky for a feature cut from fable cloth and set during the Cold War era of America in 1962.

That story turned out to be The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight), which has garnered assorted accolades, including 13 Oscar nominations and a DGA Award win for del Toro. The film introduces us to a janitor named Elisa (portrayed by Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins) who works in a hidden, high-security government laboratory. Elisa is a mute, trapped in a life of isolation. Her life, though, takes on hope when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment--a hybrid man/sea creature with whom Elisa makes a special connection. Elisa and this amphibian man (Doug Jones), who too is mute, fall in love.

Included in the mix of Oscar nominations for The Shape of Water are Best Picture, Director and Editor. The latter marks the first career Oscar nom for Wolinsky who also garnered for The Shape of Water his seventh ACE Eddie Award nomination (the other six all being for his television work, including wins in 2003 and 2008 for The Sopranos).

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Jerry Greenberg, ACE

Sight, Sound & Story: Post Production Summit 2013 Panelist

December 23, 2017

Jerry Greenberg Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘The French Connection’ Editor Was 81

From Deadline By Bruce Haring

The film editor behind one of the most famous car chases in movie history has died.  Jerry Greenberg, whose work on The French Connection won him an Academy Award for film editing, died Friday after a long illness. He was 81.


The French Connection car chase featured Detective Jimmy Doyle (played by Gene Hackman) chasing a criminal who has commandeered an elevated subway train. It was shot on busy city streets in New York with no traffic control or proper permits, although the NYPD helped close some, but not all, intersections.

Many of the chase’s near-collisions were unplanned, and director William Friedkin operated a car-mounted camera to avoid endangering his family-man camera operators from the hazardous assignment. Greenberg’s editing helped bring the chase to life.

In his Oscars acceptance speech, Greenberg concluded by thanking “the New York City subway system.”

In addition to The French Connection, Greenberg was nominated twice in 1980 for his work on Kramer vs. Kramer and Apocalypse Now. In 2015, he won the Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors.

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Dylan Tichenor, ACE

Sight, Sound & Story: Post Production Summit 2017 Panelist

December 21, 2017

What it was like to edit Daniel Day-Lewis' final performance

From Entertainment Weekly   By Christopher Rosen

Phantom Thread isn’t just a reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, 10 years after There Will Be Blood. Anderson’s longtime friend and frequent collaborator Dylan Tichenor also returns as the filmmaker’s editor, following credits on Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood.

“Paul and I have been very good friends for 20 years, since we started working together. We fell out of sync professionally but I’ve always been around for the other movies,” Tichenor, who has also worked with Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Ben Affleck (The Town), and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), says. “I’ve seen the early screenings, I’ve talked to him about the scripts, even on the ones I didn’t end up cutting. So I feel like I didn’t exactly go away — Paul and I have been in touch the whole time.”

But their reunion was sparked after a late-night chat about ideas for a possible feature, one that would become Phantom Thread.

“He wanted to make a story about a couple whose relationship was the most combative thing. A love story about people who maybe don’t seem to like each other,” Tichenor, a two-time Oscar nominee, says. “That was the original idea. That was just a little kernel and we started batting it around and he got to the place where it sounded like a Hitchcock film. So we started talking about Rebeccaand Notorious. Then we started talking about plot and how to make sure we injected a plot into things — because Paul’s not a super big plot person. It percolated with him for a while. Once he decided to go back to Daniel with the story, which he decided early, Daniel became an integral part of it. That’s when it became a dressmaker, that’s when it became London, and that informed a lot of the movie. I think it’s a movie that started with a grain of something that, like everything does with Paul basically, and a pearl grew around it. I don’t think anybody could have guessed where it was going to go based on the first conversation.”

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Nancy Schreiber, ASC

Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography 2015 Panelist

October 30, 2017

Schreiber to Receive Susan B Anthony Award

The High Falls Film Festival is proud to present the 2017 Susan B. Anthony “Failure Is Impossible” Award to Nancy Schreiber, ASC in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the art of filmmaking as one of the few female cinematographers in the film and television industry. This award honors a woman in the film industry who has persevered in her career and triumphed over difficulties.

Based in both New York and Los Angeles she was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and was recently the recipient of the President’s Award from the ASC, the first woman ever to receive this award.

Schreiber is a Detroit native who, after receiving her psychology degree at the University of Michigan, moved to New York, working her way up from production assistant to gaffer to Director of Photography. She has compiled over 130 credits, an eclectic list of narrative film and television credits as well as music videos, commercials and documentaries.

In spite of females representing only 3 percent of cinematographers working today, Schreiber’s career has spanned more than three decades. Her credits include the FX series Better Things, HBO’s The Comeback and the films Your Friends and Neighbors with Ben Stiller, Loverboy directed by Kevin Bacon, with Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, and Marissa Tomei, The Nines starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa McCarthy and
November starring Courteney Cox.

She landed on Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch, before taking home the coveted Best Cinematography award at Sundance. Schreiber has been nominated for an Emmy, an Independent Spirit Award and was presented with the Women In Film Crystal/Kodak Vision Award. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The award will be presented on Thursday November 2, in Rochester, New York, the home of George Eastman/Kodak and Susan B. Anthony. Past recipients include Angela Bassett, Rita Moreno, Lynn Redgrave, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Candace Bergen
and Director, Agnieszka Holland.

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