'Avatar' Editor to Keynote IBC Workshops
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: The
Oscar-nominated editor of the 3D blockbuster, “Avatar,” will keynote an
inaugural seminar at this year’s IBC. Stephen Rivkin will address the first IBC
Digital Media Training Workshops, to be held Sept. 11-12.
Rivkin’s feature editing career began in 1979 with the low-budget romantic comedy
“The Personals.” He subsequently worked on a variety of TV movies as well as comedy
and action films, including “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” for director Mel
Brooks; four films for director Norman Jewison, including, “The Hurricane
starring Denzel Washington; “Swordfish” with John Travolta; and Michael Mann’s
bio pic, “Ali,” starring Will Smith.
Rivkin edited the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise from 2003-07, for
which he received two Eddie Award nominations and a win. He received BAFTA and
Oscar nominations in 2009 alongside James Cameron and John Refoua for his work
Rivkin will discuss the challenges of editing “Avatar,” and present clips that
illustrate performance capture, virtual cameras, 3D and stages of shot
“From start to finish, ‘Avatar’ was the biggest creative challenge I’ve ever
faced,” Rivkin said, “but it opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities of
filmmaking. Its groundbreaking techniques continue to revolutionize the
Rivkin’s keynote address, “Editing ‘Avatar:’ The Creative Challenges,” will be
delivered on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the RAI, Amsterdam in the Emerald Room. It
is scheduled to begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.