Burton J. Sears

Burton J. Sears

Burton J. Sears

  • B.A., English literature, DePauw University, 1970
  • M.F.A., cinema-television, University of Southern California, 2004
First year at SCAD:

"After finishing a documentary film on The Boulder Valley Institute in Boulder, Colorado, I was asked to stay on and teach for a year. That one year teaching turned into two. On my return to Hollywood to continue my career as a film editor, the satisfaction of teaching never left the back of my mind, and I knew someday that it would be a rewarding second career."


Six years of teaching at SCAD

Awards, recognition and honors

Golden Reel Award Nomination from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for "Amadeus"


American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.), The Motion Picture Editors Guild, Phi Delta Theta

Publications and presentations

  • One-man show, October-November 2009, Hall Street Gallery: "Professor Sears' Electrophonic Anachroscope and Other Steampunk Amusements"
  • University Film and Video Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2008: "Sympathetic Strings and the Future of Film Editing"

Previous Positions

Film editor, credits on "Virtuosity" by Paramount Pictures, "Hideaway" by TriStar, "Storyville" by Lynch/Frost, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Orion, "Bojangles" by Showtime, "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" by Twentieth Century Fox, "Where Sleeping Dogs Lie" by RCA/Columbia, "Freak City" by Showtime, "Disposable Heroes: The Other Side Of Football" by HBO and "Marley" by Island Pictures; additional film credits include "Mr. Jones" by Tristar, "Jacob's Ladder" by Carolco, "Henry and June" by Universal Studios and "Amadeus" by Orion

On the Web

Courses Taught

FILM 210 Postproduction Technique
FILM 330 Aesthetics of Film Editing
FILM 433 Film and Television Senior Project III
FILM 717 Postproduction
FILM 728 Theory of Film Editing
FILM 757 Advanced Postproduction