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Sight, Sound & Story's 2020 event series format is moving online.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sight, Sound & Story has delayed its live in-person events (June's Post Summit & November's The Art of Cinematography) until 2021.  Until that time the event series is launching a live online monthly event series starting on July 9th.  This series will feature unique guests and subjects that will vary between editing, cinematography, and all aspects of filmmaking.  These live events will give attendees a chance to ask questions and even win raffle prizes from our sponsors.  Most importantly, these events will be live and free to the public.

Sight, Sound & Story: Live "Mentors Inside the Cutting Room"

Moderator: Bobbie O'Steen "Cut to the Chase," "The Invisible Cut"

Speakers: Carol Littleton, ACE (E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, The Big Chill), Norman Buckley, ACE (The O.C. Sweet Magnolias) & Brandi Bradburn, ACE (Grey's Anatomy, This Is Us)

Film editors have been called invisible artists, the final storytellers, unsung heroes. They are also wonderful mentors, passionate about their work and eager to pass on their wisdom and knowledge. Film historian Bobbie O'Steen moderates a panel that focuses on three very talented editors – Carol Littleton, ACE, Norman Buckley, ACE and Brandi Bradburn, ACE – who have helped so many aspiring editors achieve their goals. They will discuss their own career choices that led them down unpredictable and inspiring paths to success and screen some of their work to explain what they learned about shaping compelling and entertaining stories. They'll also give valuable advice on how to build and nurture collaborative relationships and how to advocate for a healthy work/life balance.  

When: July 9, 2020

Time: 5PM EST / 2PM PST

General Admission:  FREE!!






This panel will also be a part of our sponsor American Cinema Editors EditFest Global August 29 & 30, 2020!  For this panel and much more please visit to register and for more information.



Brandi Bradburn, ACE, came up through television with 20 years experience in the cutting room. She was an American Cinema Editor Intern in 2000, and became an full-fledged ACE member in 2016. Brandi is also a member of the DGA, Motion Picture Editors Guild, the Television Academy, and Alliance of Women Directors. Her credits include Law and Order SVU, The O.C., Studio 60, Hart of Dixie, Grey’s Anatomy, This Is Us and the Dynasty pilot. She also has edited two feature films as well as the web series, Rockville, CA, executive produced by Fake Empire.


Brandi began directing in 2013 on Hart of Dixie. Following that, she accepted an invitation to participate in the inaugural class of the Warner Brothers Directing Workshop. After a successful directorial debut, she continued to direct Hart of Dixie, three seasons of Dynasty and most recently Charmed.

Brandi holds her MFA in filmmaking from Florida State University.


Brandi has also enjoyed teaching at UCLA Film School, Chapman University Film School, and Florida State University Film School where she taught Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Nat Sanders ACE, Joi McMillon ACE, and James Laxton, all of Moonlight fame.


Brandi is a native Hoosier from Indiana and President of Tippecanoe Pictures. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband (also an editor) and her three children.


Norman Buckley, ACE is a prolific director whose work spans various networks, genres, and styles. His credits include Pretty Little Liars, Charmed, In The Dark, Zoo, Quantico, Rizzoli and Ilses, Chuck, Gossip Girl, and The O.C.. He is co-executive producer/ producing director on Pretty Little Liars “The Perfectionists” and the upcoming Netflix show Sweet Magnolias.

His television movie The Pregnancy Project won Best Primetime Program (Special or Movie of the Week) and Best Actress (Alexa Vega) at the 2012 Imagen Awards. His episode of The O.C. “The Metamorphosis” was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the five best episodes of the series. His episode of Gossip Girl  “The Handmaiden’s Tale” was chosen by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top ten television episodes of 2007.

Buckley began working in the industry as an assistant editor on the Oscar-nominated films Tender Mercies, Silkwood, and Places in the Heart. He continued editing for a number of years on many films, television series, and TV movies. He worked with many outstanding directors, including Bruce Beresford, Robert Benton, Mike Nichols, Rob Reiner, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Richard Donner, J.S. Cardone, McG, Doug Liman, and Robert M. Young. He also learned the editing craft from some of the best film editors in the business, including Carol Littleton, Sam O'Steen, William Anderson, and Bob Leighton.

He worked as an editor on many independent films at the Sundance, Toronto, and Telluride film festivals, including Happy, Texas, which he also associate-produced. Beginning in 2000, Buckley edited several television pilots, all of which were picked up to series, which led to his regular work in television.

He has been nominated twice for an American Cinema Editors award: in 2003 for Joe and Max, for best-edited motion picture for non-commercial television, and he won the award in 2008 for the pilot of Chuck, for best-edited one-hour series for commercial television.

After editing the pilot episode of The O.C. in 2003, he began his directing career by helming six episodes of that series. He has gone on to direct over 100 episodes of television since then. Buckley grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and studied history at the University of Texas at Arlington, before moving to Los Angeles where he would later graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Cinema/Television.

He taught for several quarters at the University of California Los Angeles film school to both graduates and undergraduates.

Norman Buckley was married to the late artist Davyd Whaley and he established The Davyd Whaley Foundation ( to carry on Davyd’s legacy by supporting Los Angeles area artists with annual grants.


Carol Littleton, ACE is one of Hollywood’s talented and successful film editors. Her editing career spans 40 years, with more than 35 feature films to her credit. Ms. Littleton began a close collaboration with writer-director Lawrence Kasdan in 1981 with his directorial debut, Body Heat. She continued her collaboration with Kasdan on eight more films, including The Big Chill, Silverado, Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist. Ms. Littleton has also collaborated with director Jonathan Demme on four films, including Swimming to Cambodia, Beloved, and The Manchurian Candidate. Littleton received an Academy Award nomination in 1982 for Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-terrestrial. Other films she has edited include Robert Benton’s Places in the Heart, Tuesdays with Morrie (Emmy Award for editing) and the restoration of Erich Von Stroheim’s 1926 classic, Greed. In 1994, she edited China Moon, the directorial debut of her husband, noted cinematographer John Bailey, ASC.

More recently, in 2016 the American Cinema Editors awarded Littleton their Career Achievement Award. In 2017 Littleton edited her first collaboration with director Jay Roach on All The Way, a political film dramatizing the first 11 months of President Lyndon Johnson’s presidency after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, for which she won an Eddie from the American Cinema Editors. Littleton recently edited My Dinner with Herve for writer-director Sacha Gervasi, which aired on HBO. In the mid-90’s and again in 2016, Ms. Littleton and John Bailey were elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the first time a married couple had served together since Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.


Bobbie O’Steen is a New York-based writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with students, professionals, and cinephiles. Educated at Stanford University, she is an Emmy-nominated® film editor and author of two acclaimed books: Cut to the Chase, based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, legendary editor Sam O’Steen, filled with stories from the cutting room and behind the scenes on such landmark films as The Graduate and Chinatown. The Invisible Cut deconstructs the editing process as well as classic movie scenes from such films as Rear Window and The French Connection through a cut-by-cut analysis.

Her latest book, Making the Cut at Pixar – to be published next year – is authoritative media-rich eBook about the editor’s pioneering role in computer animation.

Bobbie hosts an ongoing event series, “Inside the Cutting Room,” one-on-one panels honoring master editors through screening and discussion at American Cinema Editors’ EditFest as well as NYU, Emerson College, UCLA, NYIT, and 92nd St Y. She has taught at the American Film Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The New School, and John Hopkins University. She has also created a class series at Manhattan Edit Workshop, “Making the Cut,” where she explores the art and technique of the editing process, based on her interviews with over seventy editors. She provides commentary and discussion that focus on editing for The Criterion Collection releases of such classic films as A Hard Day’s Night, In Cold Blood, and The Graduate and has written for such publications as CinemaEditor Magazine, which named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.”

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*All speakers are schedule permitting.


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