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Being Hal AshbyLife of a Hollywood Rebel$
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Nick Dawson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125381

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125381.001.0001

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Being Hal Ashby

Nick Dawson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the entry of Hal Ashby to the field of film editing. During the 1955 shooting of the film The Naked Hills, his friend Bill Otto took him along to watch. Determined to make the most of the opportunity, Ashby volunteered to carry cans of film and soon was hired as an assistant editor. Ashby's entry into the editing world marked the start of a period when work took precedence over everything else. After this first editing job, Ashby applied to the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE) in order to join the union. His first film editing mentor was Bob Swink.

Keywords:   Hal Ashby, film editing, Bill Otto, The Naked Hills, assistant editor, Society of Motion Picture Film Editors, Bob Swink

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