John A. Martinelli

Editor


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In his three-hour Archive interview, John Martinelli talks about his first industry job in the ABC Film Department and shares how it led to a job assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show. He describes his time in the Army, where he was stationed in Alaska editing for the NBC affiliate there. He talks about editing the series Gentle Ben and Flipper - where he first "broke though" as an editor. He recounts editing The Bill Cosby Show and Raquel Welch in her first television special Raquel!. Martinelli discusses a number of made-for-television movies he edited, including The Legend of Lizzie Borden, James Dean, The Winds of Kitty Hawk, The Cracker Factory and the blockbuster miniseries Marco Polo. He speaks of his retirement, the trend toward digital editing, and his favorite career highlights. David Haugland conducted the interview on February 14, 2004 in Beverly Hills, CA.

"I got four Emmys. And I was very pleased I got a lot of nominations which I lost. I had a decade where out of the ten years, I got nine nominations. I'm proud of that. I'm not gonna be blasé and say it doesn't mean anything, it means a lot, as an editor."

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Highlights
John Martinelli on the process of editing
John Martinelli on technical advancements in editing
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)
John Martinelli on receiving the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award
John Martinelli on editing Columbo
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on working in the ABC Film Department; on ABC's programming in the mid-1950s
On his duties in the ABC film department and dealing with kinescopes; on editing for Four Star Productions and being drafted in the Army; on how he came to edit Flipper

Chapter 2

On editing Gentle Ben and Flipper; on working for producer Ivan Tors
On editing with stock footage; on editing commercials; on editing The Bill Cosby Show

Chapter 3

On editing Footsteps and Raquel!; on editing various specials and made-for-television movies; on working with Dick Berg
On editing A Strange and Deadly Occurrence  and Where Have All the People Gone?; on sequencing in editing; on editing Legend of Lizzie Borden

Chapter 4

On editing James Dean and The Defection of Simas Kudirka; on winning Emmy Awards; on editing The Lady of the House and The Winds of Kitty Hawk
On working with Chuck Fries; on editing The Cracker Factory and S.O.S. Titanic; on editing Murder in Texas

Chapter 5

On editing Marco Polo; on editing Emergency Room and Desperate Intruder; on editing Columbo and Jane's House
On editing World War II: When the Lions Roared; on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro; on the craft of editing

Chapter 6

On the process of editing; on technical advancements in editing
On how digital technology has changed editing; on then-current activities; on career highlights
Shows

Bill Cosby Show, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Bill Cosby Show

Columbo

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John Martinelli on editing Columbo

Cracker Factory, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Cracker Factory

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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John Martinelli on how Emmy Awards affected his career
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)

Flipper

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John Martinelli on how he came to edit Flipper
John Martinelli on editing Flipper and Gentle Ben
John Martinelli on the equipment he used to edit Flipper and Gentle Ben
John Martinelli on working for producer Ivan Tors on Gentle Ben and Flipper
John Martinelli on working with stock footage on Gentle Ben and Flipper

Gentle Ben

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John Martinelli on editing Flipper and Gentle Ben
John Martinelli on the equipment he used to edit Flipper and Gentle Ben
John Martinelli on working for producer Ivan Tors on Gentle Ben and Flipper
John Martinelli on working with stock footage on Gentle Ben and Flipper

James Dean

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John Martinelli on directing the made-for-television movie James Dean

Jane's House

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John Martinelli on editing Jane's House

Lawrence Welk Show, The

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show

Legend of Lizzie Borden, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Marco Polo

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John Martinelli on editing Marco Polo

Murder in Texas

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John Martinelli on editing Murder in Texas

Murder of Mary Phagan, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Murder of Mary Phagan

Strange and Deadly Occurrence, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Strange and Deadly Occurrence and Where Have All the People Gone?

Time to Triumph, A

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John Martinelli on editing A Time to Triumph

What Are Best Friends For?

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John Martinelli on editing What Are Best Friends For?

Where Have All the People Gone?

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John Martinelli on editing A Strange and Deadly Occurrence  and Where Have All the People Gone?

Winds of Kitty Hawk, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Winds of Kitty Hawk

World War II: When Lions Roared

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John Martinelli on editing World War II: When Lions Roared 
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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John Martinelli on working at the Wakefield-Orloff Company
John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows

Emmy Awards

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John Martinelli on how Emmy Awards affected his career
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)

First Big Break

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show

Pivotal Career Moments

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show

Technological Innovation

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John Martinelli on technical advancements in editing
John Martinelli on how digital technology has changed editing

Television Industry

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John Martinelli on working at the Wakefield-Orloff Company
John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows
Professions

Editor

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John Martinelli on "sequencing" in editing
John Martinelli on the craft of editing
John Martinelli on the process of editing

Post-Production Professionals

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John Martinelli on "sequencing" in editing
John Martinelli on the craft of editing
John Martinelli on the process of editing
Genres

Commercials

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John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows
People

Dick Berg

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John Martinelli on his working relationship with Dick Berg

Bill Cosby

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John Martinelli on editing The Bill Cosby Show

Chuck Fries

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John Martinelli on working with producer Chuck Fries

Elizabeth Montgomery

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John Martinelli on editing Legend of Lizzie Borden

Richard Shapiro

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John Martinelli on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro

Esther Shapiro

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John Martinelli on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro

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