Hello and thank you for using our service. I am a research librarian with over 10 years of experience. The first thing I will ask is where you went to university so that I might search their catalog, but I have also found something that may be what you are looking for called "The Cutting Edge - the Magic of Movie Editing" from 2004: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cutting-Edge-Magic-Editing/dp/B0009PVZEG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
But please send me the information on your university and I will continue to look for this film in the meantime as well.
Thanks for your reply. I have watched "The Cutting Edge" hoping this was the film, but it wasn't.
I believe the film was in the library of one of these colleges (in order of likelihood)
1. Mount Royal University, Calgary AB
2. Langara College, Vancouver BC
3. Capilano University, Vancouver BC
Thank you for your help and I am very excited to perhaps find this film again. I really wish to show it to my class of filmmakers and my filmmakers group.
Great! Thanks. It was a short film.
Yes, please continue.
Thank you for taking a crack at this. This is what I can tell you about the film:
1. The movie was using the "Cowboy Western" footage as an example of editing techniques, using 3 different editors to edit the same footage. Thus, the name of the western may not be relevant.
2. The footage from the western appeared to be from an American black-and-white television series. So I'm guessing the film was made in the 1950s or 1960s.
3. I believe this short educational film was probably produced by a American association of editors such as the American Cinema Editors (ACE) or perhaps the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG). In fact, these would be two excellent sources to check with as they would likely have information.
Thanks for your continued help!
I may have found it!
While perusing the Wikipedia article "American Cinema Editors" at the bottom is the section "The Gunsmoke footage" used in editing instruction and refers to the program as "Film Editing: Interpretation and Value"
A quick google search produces this result.
I believe this is it. However, it appears to be only available on 16mm film. Is there anywhere I can view it online or in DVD or similar format?
Interestingly, a YouTube search for "The Gunsmoke Footage" shows many examples of the original footage as edited by various modern student editors, but nothing of the movie I am searching for.