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Post Break 13: Anatomy of a Scene

Posted By Ryan Penny, Monday, August 3, 2020

POST BREAK- Anatomy of a Scene: Breaking Down the Editing Process


New York State Post Production Community,


The 13th in our series, POST BREAK- Anatomy of a Scene: Breaking Down the Editing Process. Industry veterans, Shannon Baker Davis and Allyson Johnson will discuss the art and craft of film editing by breaking down their favorite scenes while giving us an insight into their creative process. 

Thursday, July 23rd at 4pm via ZOOM

The following projects and scenes will be discussed

-The Get Down: P1/Ep5. Netflix—First 10 minutes of the episode.
-The Photograph: Universal Pictures—First 10 minutes of the feature film.
-#BlackAF: S1/EP5. Netflix—Video Call with Kenya Barris, Issa Rae, Ava Duverney, etc. (start at 37:20 to 42:37)



Shannon Baker Davis, ACE 

Shannon is an award-winning television and film editor, who began her career in New York, editing unscripted shows and documentaries. After 10 years working on many iconic and Emmy-winning shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway, Shannon began adding narrative television and feature films to her resume. Her credits include Insecure, from Issa Rae, Grown-ish, a spin-off of the highly acclaimed series, Black-ish, from creator, Kenya Barris and Queen Sugar, from creator Ava DuVernay. In features, she edited Armstrong, starring Vicky Jeudy, Sean Parsons, Jason Antoon and Kevin Pollak, and The Weekend (Lionsgate), starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell and DeWanda Wise, from director, Stella Meghie. The Weekend had it’s World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival in 2018, and screened at AFI Fest, South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festival. Next, she cut the feature, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, directed by Ali LeRoi (creator, Everybody Hates Chris) which premiered at TIFF in 2019. Shannon reunited with Stella Meghie on The Photograph (Universal), starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. Her most recent project is the Netflix series #blackaf, created by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish), which stars Barris and Rashida Jones. Her series and film credits run the gamut, from funny to heartbreaking, provocative to visual-effects-heavy and action-packed. She is a member of ACE, where she is a mentor in their Diversity Mentorship Program, and she is the Co-chair of the African-American Steering Committee of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Shannon grew up in Augusta, GA, earned degrees from Howard University and The American Film Institute, and resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and 2 children.

Allyson C. Johnson, ACE

Allyson graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Clarinet Performance and lives in Jersey City, NJ with her wife and son. Her editing career began in documentaries working with Bill Moyers at PBS and then moving into Rockumentaries such as Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America and The Who’s Tommy: The Amazing Journey for which she received an Emmy nomination. Johnson’s move into narrative began with Spike Lee’s He Got Game and Summer of Sam where she was Associate Editor to Barry Alexander Brown. Her feature work as an editor includes such works as: Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (2001 Golden Lion winner for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival) The Namesake and Vanity Fair plus Evening. To Dust which won the audience award and Best New Director at the Tribeca Film Festival, Griffin Dunne’s Fierce People and Rock & Roll films like Prey for Rock & Roll and Losers Take All. Her television work includes: Smash, The Wire, The Slap and The Good Fight among others. For Netflix she edited Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, Marco Polo, Soundtrack and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Allyson is currently editing the Apple TV series Mosquito Coast and is temporarily working remotely from her cabin in upstate NY until life goes somewhat back to normal.

Isabel Sadurni, Producer & Editor 

Isabel has been working in documentary-filmmaking for nearly twenty years. Her work includes award winning feature-length documentaries and short narratives that have played in top-tier festivals such as Berlin, Telluride and Tribeca and on HBO, PBS and The Discovery Channel including the recently released WHAT SHE SAID THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL (Juno) and THE AMERICAN NURSE (Kino Lorber). She's collaborated with film professionals in over 35 countries and is currently writing a fictional multi-episode girl-gang Western. She's also collaborating with the creators of WisdomVR Project on a VR documentary project set in her home town of Mill Valley, California and Mount Tamalpais.


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