Doors Open …

Nick Dawson

in Being Hal Ashby

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125381
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135267 | DOI:
Doors Open …

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This chapter examines the entry of Hal Ashby to the field of film editing. During the 1955 shooting of the film The Naked Hills, his friend Bill Otto took him along to watch. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, Ashby volunteered to carry cans of film and soon was hired as an assistant editor. Ashby's entry into the editing world marked the start of a period when work took precedence over everything else. After this first editing job, Ashby applied to the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE) in order to join the union. His first film editing mentor was Bob Swink.

Keywords: Hal Ashby; film editing; Bill Otto; The Naked Hills; assistant editor; Society of Motion Picture Film Editors; Bob Swink

Chapter.  7568 words. 

Subjects: Film

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