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Being a movie buff, you learn a lot about what people do in the industry and a lot of times, these people are the unsung heroes of some of the best work to ever be displayed on the silver screen. Film editor Sally Menke is one of those peoples.
It's crazy to think that from the beginning of my love with films, she has been apart of it. A movie that is still the best of its franchise and holds up til this day (since it was made as an independent film) is the 1990 live-action, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pace-wise, the film never has a dull moment and teeters between comedic and serious throughout the whole film. It's this teetering in film pacing, she mastered.
A great editor can make a film great or make it the most boring film in the world. A director has final say, but its the editors job to find the best scenes, put them together, and make a seamlessly story out of clips.
In 1991, writer Quentin Tarantino was interviewing for editors for his directorial debut. They hit it off and once he sent her the script to Reservoir Dogs and she told him how amazed she was with the script. An advent hiker, while trekking through Canada, she was told she got the job. From there on, she edited every movie that QT has directed. In 1994, she was nominated for an Oscar for editing for Pulp Fiction and in 2009, she received her second nomination for Inglorious Basterds. Tarantino has been quoted as saying, "The best collaborations are the director-editor teams, where they can finish each other's sentences," and that Menke was his "only, truly genuine collaborator." This can be seen greatly in the theatrical release of QT's Grindhouse section, Deathproof, that Menke had her hands own and the Director's cut version that was release on DVD. The theatrical version still builds the tension with dialogue but knows when to cut to keep the audience from getting bored. Later, Menke became member of the American Cinema Editors.
On September 27th, 2010, Menke had gone hiking with a friend and her dog. Menke's friend left her after an hour. When Menke failed to come home, her friends alerted the police. Search dogs, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, and officers from patrol units spent hours in Griffith Park searching for her. Her locked car was found in a Griffith Park parking lot. Menke's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near 5600 block of Green Oak Drive on September 28, 2010. Menke's dog was found alive and sitting next to her body.That particular day was Los Angeles' hottest since records began in 1877 (113 F).
In her 56 years on this planet, she made an indelible mark on the film industry. Her work in film will go on and always be remembered.
With every film that Tarantino made, he always left something for Sally to look at during her long editing hours. He always wanted his actors to say hi to her after a successful shot. So Sally, this is not a goodbye, but an infinite Hi every time we watch your movies. Hi Sally!