SCAD Savannah – Fall 2016 – Savannah Film Festival – Panels – “Editing Music for Feature Films: In Conversation with Steve Saltzman” – Panelist: Steve Saltzman – Gutstein Gallery – Photography by Raftermen.


Steven Saltzman


Music editor, composer, and author, Steven Saltzman has recently published Music Editing For Film and Television, The Art and The Process, with Routledge / Focal Press – Taylor & Francis Group and has become a sought-after music editor in Hollywood.

He earned a Bachelors of Music in composition and film scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Leading up to this degree, he also attended the Comprehensive Musicianship Bachelors program at Moorhead State College and studied composition with Boston Conservatory composer John Hess. He moved to California to pursue his dream of composing in the film industry. There he continued to study composition and orchestration with Dr. Albert Harris. He composed the scores for numerous independent feature films, commercials, and syndicated television shows. One of those films went on to receive a nomination for an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award of Merit for best animated short film.

His music editing work includes: The Revenant, Queen Of The Desert, Brick Mansions, Priest, Straw Dogs (remake), Dragonball Evolution, Ghost Rider (additional editing), Bewitched , A Guy Thing, Heartbreakers, and Hyperion Bay, a Warner Bros. television series. He has worked with many composers, including Klaus Badelt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Nathan Furst, Robert Revell, Dave Robbins, and J.A.C. Redford. He has also received a Golden Reel Award and four nominations for his music editing. Mr. Saltzman is a certified Avid Pro Tools instructor and has created a music-editing course, which he has taught over the past nine years at UCLA Extension, Moviola Digital Arts Institute, Video Symphony, Community Colleges in Los Angeles and Riverside California and at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He has lectured at the UCLA Extension, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Ex’pression College in San Francisco, The Media Institute in Minneapolis, and California State University, Long Beach. He serves on the Board of Directors for Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), and the Advisory Boards of Los Angeles City College and the University High School Recording Arts Program. He is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and The MPSE.