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."

Highlights
John Martinelli on the process of editing
10:11
John Martinelli on technical advancements in editing
04:52
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)
02:49
John Martinelli on receiving the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award
01:02
John Martinelli on editing Columbo
04:19
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
15:15
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
14:10

Chapter 2

On editing Gentle Ben and Flipper; on working for producer Ivan Tors
14:23
On editing with stock footage; on editing commercials; on editing The Bill Cosby Show
13:57

Chapter 3

On editing Footsteps and Raquel!; on editing various specials and made-for-television movies; on working with Dick Berg
14:07
On editing A Strange and Deadly Occurrence  and Where Have All the People Gone?; on sequencing in editing; on editing Legend of Lizzie Borden
16:37

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
15:39
On working with Chuck Fries; on editing The Cracker Factory and S.O.S. Titanic; on editing Murder in Texas
14:33

Chapter 5

On editing Marco Polo; on editing Emergency Room and Desperate Intruder; on editing Columbo and Jane's House
15:07
On editing World War II: When the Lions Roared; on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro; on the craft of editing
15:00

Chapter 6

On the process of editing; on technical advancements in editing
15:03
On how digital technology has changed editing; on then-current activities; on career highlights
14:13
Shows

Bill Cosby Show, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Bill Cosby Show
02:22

Columbo

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John Martinelli on editing Columbo
04:19

Cracker Factory, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Cracker Factory
03:05

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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John Martinelli on how Emmy Awards affected his career
01:46
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)
02:49

Flipper

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John Martinelli on how he came to edit Flipper
02:00
John Martinelli on editing Flipper and Gentle Ben
06:42
John Martinelli on the equipment he used to edit Flipper and Gentle Ben
02:52
John Martinelli on working for producer Ivan Tors on Gentle Ben and Flipper
04:49
John Martinelli on working with stock footage on Gentle Ben and Flipper
02:35

Gentle Ben

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John Martinelli on editing Flipper and Gentle Ben
06:42
John Martinelli on the equipment he used to edit Flipper and Gentle Ben
02:52
John Martinelli on working for producer Ivan Tors on Gentle Ben and Flipper
04:49
John Martinelli on working with stock footage on Gentle Ben and Flipper
02:35

James Dean

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John Martinelli on directing the made-for-television movie James Dean
03:45

Jane's House

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John Martinelli on editing Jane's House
01:37

Lawrence Welk Show, The

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show
01:36

Legend of Lizzie Borden, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Legend of Lizzie Borden
08:43

Marco Polo

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John Martinelli on editing Marco Polo
05:13

Murder in Texas

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John Martinelli on editing Murder in Texas
06:31

Murder of Mary Phagan, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Murder of Mary Phagan
01:16

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?
01:57

Time to Triumph, A

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John Martinelli on editing A Time to Triumph
00:51

What Are Best Friends For?

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John Martinelli on editing What Are Best Friends For?
02:46

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?
01:57

Winds of Kitty Hawk, The

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John Martinelli on editing The Winds of Kitty Hawk
02:12

World War II: When Lions Roared

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John Martinelli on editing World War II: When Lions Roared 
04:10
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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John Martinelli on working at the Wakefield-Orloff Company
04:33
John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows
04:23

Emmy Awards

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John Martinelli on how Emmy Awards affected his career
01:46
John Martinelli on his Emmy Awards and being the President of ACE (American Cinema Editors)
02:49

First Big Break

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show
01:36

Pivotal Career Moments

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show
01:36

Technological Innovation

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John Martinelli on technical advancements in editing
04:52
John Martinelli on how digital technology has changed editing
04:02

Television Industry

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John Martinelli on working at the Wakefield-Orloff Company
04:33
John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows
04:23
Professions

Editor

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John Martinelli on "sequencing" in editing
01:07
John Martinelli on the craft of editing
05:44
John Martinelli on the process of editing
10:11

Post-Production Professionals

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John Martinelli on "sequencing" in editing
01:07
John Martinelli on the craft of editing
05:44
John Martinelli on the process of editing
10:11
Genres

Commercials

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John Martinelli on the difference between editing commercials and television shows
04:23
People

Dick Berg

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John Martinelli on his working relationship with Dick Berg
03:23

Bill Cosby

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John Martinelli on editing The Bill Cosby Show
05:22

Chuck Fries

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John Martinelli on working with producer Chuck Fries
02:23

Elizabeth Montgomery

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John Martinelli on editing Legend of Lizzie Borden
08:43

Richard Shapiro

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John Martinelli on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro
02:07

Esther Shapiro

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John Martinelli on editing for Richard and Esther Shapiro
02:07

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