About This Site

About the Site

The Editing Brain Dump is an editing and workflow-oriented site almost as much for my benefit as for anyone else’s. During the course of a film, I invariably try new workflows, come up with solutions or workarounds to technical problems, or learn a nifty trick that warrants a bit of publicity. Therefore, these articles are designed to help me document and remember these new things I do as an editor, since it’s very easy to let valuable information slip away during the chaos we normally work in. If anything in here is helpful to anyone else, that would make me very happy. Any files I attach to my articles may be used free of charge, without attribution, and modified at will. If you do find something useful, or if what I write here solves a problem for you, do drop me a note to say hello. It’s always nice to know that you’ve helped someone out.

About Me


Evan and Hellboy 2 Butcher Guard

Originally from Syracuse, NY, I started my career in the film industry at the age of 16, between my junior and senior years of high school, with an internship at Stan Winston Studio. After graduating from high school and being accepted into USC’s film production program, SWS hired me back to do tech support as their Systems Administrator. I worked there part-time for all four years of college and full-time for one year after, in the process helping to set up their visual effects department, SW Digital, as well as giving a hand anywhere I could. It’s a place where you can wear as many hats as you want to fit on your head, and one of my favorite “not in my job description” tasks I volunteered for was to help solder multi-color LEDs into and then assemble a robot head for A.I.  Stan Winston Studio was a fantastic place to work, full of amazing people with whom I am very proud to be associated.

During college, though, I got bit by the editing bug. I found that, even more than creature or visual effects, I loved sitting in the editing bay for hours on end putting my student films together. So a year after college, and five years after starting my job at Stan Winston’s, I left to pursue editing full-time. It was slow at first, but through some family connections, friends I made at SWS, and a bit of luck, I got my first few jobs as an assistant editor, and things have taken off from there.

Some selected credits as an editor or assistant editor include:

The creation of this site provides me a way to record all the useful and useless technical things I’ve had to learn to do my job. It’s a dry read for most, I’m sure, but hopefully at some point it will save someone a bit of time.

Thanks for reading.

–[intlink id=”135″ type=”page”]Evan Schiff[/intlink]

March 20, 2015

Me in front of a Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol poster in Barcelona


Bernat Vilaplana, Guillermo del Toro, Gyula Mózes, and me

Bernat Vilaplana, Guillermo del Toro, Gyula Mózes, and me


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  1. Wow.
    This site is so helpful.
    What do you think of Lightworks?
    It’s all I have access to right now but I haven’t gotten to fully use it as I’m starting my first 16mm documentary as soon as my Kinor 16 get’s back from Russia.

  2. Props on the blog Evan. I am a colorist and was trying to describe the process of reel breaks to a client for an indie feature and linked one of your pages I found via a google search. So thanks for that.

  3. Very interesting blog Evan. Just read up on 5.1 for a project that I may be working on and it was very helpful and informative. Will be back to catch up on the rest and compare to my own ways.Too few of us doing this nowadays. Such a help to any starting out (or even some of the more seasoned golden oldies)

  4. After eight years of cutting hundreds of shorts / music videos / corporates etc… I’ve just started looking for feature film work. Both as an assistant and as an editor.
    I’m so glad I found this blog, thank you Evan. Amazing resource.
    I’m running a very small post facility at the moment and will be directing all of my editors here for workflow tips.
    Thank you!

  5. Hey Evan!

    I just discovered your site from a post on the Avid Editors of Facebook Page. Someone shared your blog about using RTAS for dialogue clean up. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, experiences and wisdom. I started cutting fourteen years ago.

    A collective of life experiences led me down this road… it’s quite the story. With that said, I am completely self taught (like many others), therefore, I truly appreciate and respect the value of your generosity. I will be definitely following your site from now on. Thanks, brother! Much Respect!