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Edgar Burcksen

Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E. moved to California in 1985 after a successful career in The Netherlands as a feature film editor with more than 15 features and a Dutch Film Festival Award for his body of work to his credit. In California, he became supervising editor of Seabert, a Saturday Morning Cartoon for French television, later acquired and televised by HBO. After the completion of 52 episodes he was hired by Colossal Pictures in San Francisco where he set up the editorial department and collaborated on numerous commercials for Levi's, Budweiser, Disney, etc. and music videos for The Grateful Death and Thomas Dolby. His prowess in visual effects was noticed by ILM and they hired him to become the visual effects editor on The Hunt for Red October (1990) and later Die Hard 2 (1990). As one of the early fans of non-linear editing he became an expert in the use of the "EditDroid", George Lucas' invention to pull editing out of the dark ages of film. When Lucas started his production of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992), he asked Burcksen to set up the post production for his prestigious TV series and also to become one of the editors. His collaboration with George Lucas on Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal (1992) earned him an EMMY for best editing in 1992. After Young Indy, he became editor and post production supervisor on "500 Nations" (1995), an 8-hour documentary miniseries about Native Americans hosted and produced by Kevin Costner. Being fluent in German and his knowledge of visual effects brought him Star Command (1996/TV), a pilot for UPN, produced by Paramount in Berlin, Germany. In 1996 he edited Colors Straight Up (1997) which was nominated for best feature length documentary for the Oscars in the next year. The feature film Lunker Lake (1997) won at the Santa Clarita Family Film Festival and his teaming up with actor/director Jeroen Krabbé on the feature Left Luggage (1998) brought 4 prestigious awards at the Berlin Film Festival "Berlinale" in 1998. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency awarded him the 1998 Pass Award for his work on No Salida (1998). In Search of Peace (2000), a documentary about the peace process in Israel for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Hollywood Sign (2001) and Santa Who? (2000) (TV) for Disney are his latest projects. Edgar Burcksen is a member of A.C.E., the editors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2001 he became the editor of CinemaEditor, the official magazine of A.C.E.


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