Martin Scorsese’s invisible force – Thelma Schoonmaker

Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker (born January 3, 1940) is an American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over fifty years. She started working with Scorsese on his debut feature film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), and edited all of Scorsese’s films since Raging Bull (1980). Schoonmaker has received seven Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing, and has won three times—for Raging Bull (1980), The Aviator (2004), and The Departed (2006).

Thelma like our own Jill Bilcock is indeed the invisible force behind the lauded film director.

This year’s Bafta Fellowship winner Thelma said “Finding the solution can be very frustrating. But I never want to give up… I love solving the puzzle” Thelma Schoonmaker is a film editor who has adopted a dazzling array of styles and approaches to her craft, from early screen work on the landmark 1970 documentary Woodstock to the present day, as she and Martin Scorsese complete the editing on his latest film, The Irishman (2019).

Regardless of decades of technological shifts and sea changes in the film industry, Schoonmaker has remained in a fixed position as one of Scorsese’s longtime and key collaborators, working with him on 22 of his feature films.

Thank you Julia Overton for alerting me to the amazing woman.


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