Film Editor Verna Fields Descriptive Essay by Madame Mimi

Film Editor Verna Fields
Looks at the Academy Award winning film editor Verna Fields.
# 148019 | 1,735 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 24, 2011 in Film (Artist) , Film (History of) , Women Studies (Historical Figures)

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This paper explains that film editor Verna Fields, who won the Academy Award for film editing for "Jaws" and was a Universal Studios' Feature Productions Vice President, is one of the few women during her lifetime ever to reach a position of power in the American film industry. Next, the author follows Fields' climb to power in television and in Hollywood, while being a single mother that gave her the nickname "mother cutter". The paper includes a review of Fields' editing wisdom especially the use the old method of cutting called "cut and log".

From the Paper:

"Born Verna Hellman, on March 21, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, while still a minor, she moved to Hollywood with her family to further her father's screen writing career. How Fields got into the film industry is an unusual story. It was in the mid 1940s. She was just hanging out on a studio lot with a girl friend whose boyfriend worked there. That's how she met an assistant editor who she liked and wanted to meet again. So she just kept on hanging around. When Fritz Lang needed an assistant sound editor, he remembered that young "girl always hanging around"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fields, V. (3 Dec 1975) Cutting For Impact: A Conversation With Verna Fields. American Film Institute. Fathom: the source for online learning.. Retrieved from R feature/122531/index.html.
  • Gomery, D. Fields, Verna. Film Reference. Retrieved from
  • Peary, G. (23 October, 1980.) Film Reviews, Interviews, Essays and Sundry Miscellany. The Real Paper - Retrieved from
  • Verna Fields. Film Directors Verna Fields Films | Verna Fields Filmography | Verna Fields Biography | Verna Fields Career | Verna Fields Awards. Retrieved from
  • Verna Fields Tribute. "Jaws Pages" Bits and Bites. Retrieved from

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