Anne McCabe

Anne has been cutting for 20 years.

Anne has been cutting for 20 years.

What are you currently cutting?

 I am not cutting now, but I have a movie coming out this summer called THANKS FOR SHARNG. It's a Comedy/Drama about twelve step programs with Josh Gad, Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo. I am about to start cutting a TV pilot; a scripted comedy show about behind the scenes at the Onion News network. Should be fun.

Where did you grow up and when did you decide that you were an editor?

I grew up in Boston and I decided editing was for me when I got sick of getting up for 6 AM production calls.

What was your first cut?

I think it was a short film a Columbia Grad student directed. A comedy about a guy obsessed with Neil Diamond called  I AM I SAID

What’s one thing you’ve seen in the past 5 years that’s influenced something that you’ve cut?

I thought THE GREEN ZONE was really well cut. Also the TV shows BORED TO DEATH and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

Who gave you your first break? Who’s one person you owe thanks to, for getting you to where you are now?

I offered to help out Greg Mottola as a friend on his first feature, whatever he needed, I was thinking as an assistant and he said "Why don't you cut it?"

How did you approach your career trajectory?

I didn't really have a plan, but as an assistant I cut shorts on the weekend. As an editor, I work on a lot of  different kinds of jobs; TV, Movies, Commercials, News, Documentary. I didn't want to get too pigeon holed and I think different types of editing keeps you flexible.

What’s the most important thing you put into your projects?

I am very self critical. I try not to leave things in I know are weak. I often rewatch the thing from the beginning and see where I get bored. I try to stay focussed. So I guess the answer to the question is wait what was the question?

When approaching a scene, what’s your process?

I watch everything shot and sometimes pull stuff out while I watch it knowing that this piece is good and maybe should be in. But mostly, I take a lot of notes about good bits, string them all together in a rough mess and start whittling it down. I try to get some kind of rough rough cut as quick as possible and it is all up from there.

What’s your degree in?

BA in English

What do you look for in a good AE?

Strengths that I have less of,---Organization,  technical  expertise, strong VFX ability, punctuality, patience.

The one project you’re most proud?

YOU CAN COUNT ON ME or ADVENTURELAND or maybe the opening scene of THE NEWSROOM (Sorry I know that is three...)

Stock Music Libraries?

Don't use them. I use my own music. Or sometimes I get my brother who is a composer to write something. That way I can describe exactly what I want. And I get what I want.

Match Frame key?


Mouse, Tablet or Track Ball?


Sitting or Standing?


FCP, Avid, or Premiere?


Mac or PC?


Easier to Cut: Comedy or Drama?


Childhood Inspiration?

Dr. Strangelove

Dream project?

Peter Sellers, Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner and Carole Lombard star in a comedy written and directed by Federico Fellini

Anne is a member of New York Editors Collective.