Hey there! I'm Michael Taylor, ACE

Location: New York, NY
Experience: 20 years
Title/Headline: Film Editor
Known for: The Farewell, Nine Days, White Girl, Love is Strange
Minimum time: 5 minutes

About Me

Michael Taylor, a film editor based in New York City, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the American Cinema Editors (ACE) and the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG).

His credits include Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, which won best feature film at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards. He was nominated for best editing of a feature film, comedy or musical, at the ACE Eddie Awards, and Awkwafina won best actress at the Golden Globes.

His most recent film, Edson Oda’s Nine Days, won the Waldo Salt Award for Best Screenplay the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this winter by Sony Pictures Classics.

Other credits include Guy Nattiv's Skin, Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange, Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon, Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl and Rick Alverson's Entertainment and The Comedy.

His films have premiered at Sundance nearly every year over the past decade, and have also played at SXSW, Tribeca, BAM CinemaFEST, Cannes, Venice, and Toronto, before their theatrical runs.

Michael also cuts documentaries - including Margaret Brown’s Peabody Award-winning The Order of Myths, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Freakonomics and Holly Morris’s The Babushkas of Chernobyl, for which he won Best Editing at the Woodstock Film Festival.

He has been a film juror at the Gotham Awards, the Woodstock Film Festival and IndieMemphis, and is an annual judge of news programs and documentaries at the Emmy Awards.

This expert donates all Sidetime proceeds to Black Lives Matter (via ActBlue).
  • documentary
  • Feature Film
  • comedy
  • drama
  • Thriller
  • Horror

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  • Crafting award-winning performances in feature films

    I'll discuss how I approach performance editing in feature films. Crafting accessible, believable, moving performances can often make the different between a film festival and theatrical hit and a film that fails. I work hard on the performances on every film I work on, and employ a number of time-tested techniques each time. It pays off! Most recently, Awkwafina, the star of Lulu Wang's The Farewell, received the best actress award, comedy, at the Golden Globes, and best actress at the Gotham Awards. Her co-star, Shuzhen Zhao, received best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards. The film itself won Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. Numerous actors from other films such as Silas Howard's A Kid Like Jake, Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship, Jake Mahaffy's Free in Deed, Ira Sachs' Love is Strange and Bryan Wizemann's About Sunny, have received Independent Spirit Award nominations and critical praise from the press.

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  • Creating and sustaining suspense in thriller and horror films

    I'll discuss techniques for creating and sustaining suspense in thriller and horror films. Such you employ time-tested cutting strategies or take a more experimental approach? (Tip: the material itself will often suggest the right approach). I have edited a number of successful thrillers and horror films, including Guy Nattiv's SKIN, starring Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Bill Camp and Vera Famiga, Joel David Moore's HIDE AND SEEK, starring Jonathan Ryse-Meyers, Michael Walker's The Maid's Room, and A.D. Calvo's House of Dust and The Midnight Game.

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  • Finding and enhancing laughs in comedy feature films

    I'll discuss with techniques for enhancing comedy sequences in comedic films. My background includes Lulu Wang's award-winning hit comedy The Farewell, for which I received an ACE Eddie nomination for best editing, comedy. Lulu's film won Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the Audience Award at Sundance London. I've also cut the comedy films Price Check, directed by Michael Walker and starring Parker Posey (and featuring Amy Schumer's first on-screen performance), White Girl, directed by Elizabeth Wood and starring Morgan Saylor and Rick Alverson's films The Comedy and Entertainment, featuring comedy stars Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

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