"For anyone who dreams of becoming an editor, it is an essential read." 

- Betsy A. McLane, CineMontage

"A remarkable insight into the evolution of an editor as an artist." 

- Jack Tucker, ACE, CinemaEditor

"A valuable addition to any editor’s reading list." 

- Jonny Elwin, Film Editors on Film Editing


Written by Mitchell Danton, ACE Primetime Emmy® Award-winning editor, with an Introduction by three-time Academy Award® winner Michael Kahn, ACE.

Whether you’re a film student, aspiring editor, or assistant looking to move up, Cutting It in Hollywood is a must-read.

This fascinating book takes you inside the trenches of post-production where professional film editors share the lessons they’ve learned cutting blockbuster movies and hit TV shows. Experience real world situations these highly skilled editors face on a daily basis. Learn how they navigate the sometimes treacherous political waters of the editing room. Discover the secrets of how they turned their passion for filmmaking into lucrative careers in one of the most creative and sought after fields in the entertainment industry.


Featuring stories and exclusive interviews with some of the best in the business:


John Axelrad, ACE (Crazy Heart, The Lost City of Z, Papillon)
Zene Baker, ACE (50/50, Neighbors, Thor: Ragnarok)
Josh Beal (Bloodline, Counterpart, House of Cards)
Norman Buckley, ACE (Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth)
Betsy Comstock (Ghost Whisperer, The Newsroom, The Night Of)
Todd Desrosiers (Berlin Station, Hell on Wheels, Legion)
Nena Erb, ACE (Being Mary Jane, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Project Greenlight)
Billy Fox, ACE (Band of Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Straight Outta Compton)
Barbara Gerard (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Supergirl)
Joseph M. Gonzalez (The Biggest Loser, The Collection, Greek)
Lise Johnson (Brotherhood, Falling Water, NCIS: Los Angeles)
Mark Jones (Deadpool, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

Michael Kahn, ACE (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List)
Paul Karasick (Arrow, The Mentalist, Supernatural)
Ivan Ladizinsky (Action, Drive, Survivor)
Mary Jo Markey, ACE (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Tyler Nelson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network)
Tony Nigro (Eureka, House Hunters International, In Plain Sight)
Jim Page, ACE (Disturbia, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, xXx: Return of Xander Cage)
Chris Peppe (Boiler Room, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Suicide Kings)
Julius Ramsay (Battlestar Galactica, Flashforward, The Walking Dead)
David Rogers, ACE (Entourage, The Mindy Project, The Office)
Ron Rosen (Flyboys, Godzilla, Westworld)


"Editing is like a great magic trick,
astonishing at first sight, and rewarding
after learning how it was done."

— Mitchell Danton, ACE