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Editor Sidney Wolinsky and Guillermo
del Toro team up on The Shape of Water

By Randi Altman

People love movies for their ability to transport us to another world, or another version of our world, and that’s exactly what Guillermo del Toro’s magical The Shape of Water does. He shows us that even without words, love and compassion can overcome all — even if that love is between a human and a sea creature.

This film takes place during the Cold War, at a government run lab in Baltimore and focuses on a cleaning lady who follows her heart and does the right thing.

And speaking of love, the film has been getting some now that awards season is upon us. The Shape of Water was nominated for seven Golden Globes, leading all other films in terms of nods, and won two: Best Director — Motion Picture for del Toro and Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat.

We recently checked in with the film’s editor Sidney Wolinsky, ACE. An industry veteran, he has cut such acclaimed TV shows as The Sopranos, House of Cards and Ray Donovan, among many others.

Wolinsky was recently recognized by his peers, earning an ACE Eddie nomination from the American Cinema Editors for his work on Fox Searchlight’s The Shape of Water. Let’s find out more about the film, this editor’s second collaboration with del Toro and his process.

You have worked with Guillermo del Toro before.
Yes. About three years ago, I cut the pilot for a series called The Strain, which Guillermo created. He also directed the pilot.

How did you get involved in the film, and when did he bring you on?
The film’s producer reached out to my agent before it was greenlighted. I’m based in LA, but the film was shooting and cutting up in Toronto, so my wife and I found a place to stay and went up there about a week before they started shooting. I started cutting the second day of production when I got my first day of dailies.

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Coco’s sound story —
music, guitars and bones

By Jennifer Walden

Skywalker Sound handled all the physical guitar and bone SFX for Pixar’s Coco, which celebrates music, family and death.

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Review: G-Tech’s G-Speed Shuttle XL with EV Series Adapters, TB 3
By Brady Betzel

As video recording file sizes continue to creep up, so do our hard drive storage size, RAID and bandwidth needs. This can help.

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Behind the Title: Unheard/Of Director Chris Volckmann

“Sometimes the story is right in front of you and sometimes you have to dig. But when you find it,
it becomes your North Star.”

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Nominees for the 54th
annual CAS Awards

Cutters Chicago ups
Billy Montross to editor

ASC celebrates DPs
with annual award nods

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