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If/When Jun 5, 2023

Creating Imagery: Let's Get Visual

Show Contributors: Todd Busch, Paul Thies

How blockbuster films of today get made is an awe-inspiring mix of collaboration and a constant drive for process and technical innovation.

On this episode of If/When, our guest is Todd Busch, first assistant editor at Marvel Studios. Todd’s career as a film editor and visual effects editor has spanned three decades and has seen him assigned to some of the most iconic film franchises in movie history, including films in the Star Wars, Spiderman, Terminator and Fast and Furious franchises. He recently finished an assignment as the assistant film editor on Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, and he shares with us a behind the scenes look at the incredibly complex mechanism of teams and technology necessary to pull off these marvels of cinematic entertainment.

About our guest

Todd Busch

Todd Busch graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 and was hired by Lucasfilm’s EditDroid division the same year, where he was first exposed to digital post-production. An outlier, Todd has navigated his career over the past three decades by staying at the technical forefront of the movie industry, while also working on some of the biggest film franchises in recent memory, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesSpider-Man: HomecomingAlita: Battle AngelTerminator 3: Rise of the MachinesIndependence Day: Resurgence, and Furious 7, as well as various streaming series including PeacemakerWandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. When his editing career hit roadblocks in the early 2000s, he turned to visual effects editing, and then from 2009-2013 he was the lead editor for The Third Floor, Inc., helping them become the predominant previs company in the world. In 2013 he returned to feature editorial as both a visual effects editor, and first assistant editor. Todd is currently editing the feature film, Lady Scorpions.

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