In Advisor Studio sessions, Sundance Collab Advisors share field experiences and insights into their specific areas of craft, including writing, directing and producing for TV and film.

In this intimate conversation with film editor, writer and director Éva Gárdos (AN AMERICAN RHAPSODY, BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA, BARFLY) we dive into the process of film editing. The event begins with a feedback session where Gárdos comments on a current Sundance Collab member’s work-in-progress short film. Gárdos then reveals how she gets started working with footage, the process she uses to craft a compelling scene and how she integrates notes and handles creative challenges. We also learn how to navigate the collaborative relationship between editor and director, get Gárdos’s guidance on editing your own project and hear about her transition to directing. 

Artist's Chosen Interview:

Artist's Work:

Inspirational Resources/Recommendations:

Tools that I use for brainstorming and developing ideas:

  • Museum exhibits
  • Flicker - great source for images
  • Google - great place for starting research
  • The New Yorker
  • People’s stories - everyone has one!
  • Movies of all kinds
  • Music! "I'm really liking a lot of rap these days, plus Trent Raznor and Franz Liszt."
Éva is an award winning film editor having worked with directors such as Francis Coppola, Barbet Schroeder, Peter Bogdanovich and Anjelica Huston. Her screenwriting and feature film directorial debut, An American Rhapsody, starred Tony Goldwyn, Nastassja Kinski and a young Scarlett Johansson. The film is based on the true life events of Éva’s family escaping from Communist Hungary leaving their infant child (Éva) behind. The film received won multiple awards on the Festival Circuit and was released by Paramount Classics. After discovering the bestselling Hungarian novel, Budapest Noir, she developed the script and went on to direct it. It premiered at the Chicago Film Festival, and has played at many other festivals such as Chicago International, Palm Springs, and Shanghai. It is now available on Amazon, Kanopy and other VOD platforms. Éva has taught film directing and thesis film editing at NYFA for ten years and this is her 5th time as advisor on Sundance Collab. more...

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