Final Cut Pro (FCP) is a series of non-linear video editing software programs. It is often underestimated by filmmakers who prefer Premiere Pro or AVID Media Composer for editing their work. However, FCP is a great tool which can also be used for big major films.

In this article, we are exploring some of the top films that you probably did not know were edited on Final Cut Pro.
Here is the list:

 

1) The Social Network (2010);  

2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011);  

3) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 

All three films were directed by David Fincher who earned all the possible awards the one can think of. These films were edited on Final Cut Pro by two famous editors: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter. They often work together and their long-term partnership won the Best Editing Oscar nomination twice. Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter say that the most important skills editors must attain are ‘critical mind and an ability to make a decision’. 

Here you can watch what Kirk Baxter says about his career as a film editor:

4. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

The film 500 Days Of Summer directed by Marc Webb was also edited on Final Cut Pro. A romantic comedy-drama, the film was first premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2009. The film was edited by Alan Edward Bell whose work has been nominated for the American Cinema Editors and Awards Circuit Community Awards in 2009 and 2010. Although, nowadays, Alan edits mainly on AVID Media Composer, he was a Final Cut Pro user earlier in his career (watch the video below).

Alan says it is essential to learn every editing software available; his main advice is to keep learning. 

5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

A Marvel superhero film explores the past of Wolverine and his childhood mainly focusing on the relationship between him and his half-brother, Victor Creed. The film was directed by Gavin Hood and edited by two editors, Nicolas De Toth and Megan Gill who cut the film by using Final Cut Pro. In the past, both started as film editor’s assistant and had made their way up to be working as film editors nowadays.

6. No Country for Old Men (2007) 

The film first-time premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and earned four Academy Awards in 2008. The film was directed by the Coen Brothers and edited by Roderick Jaynes on Final Cut Pro. However, it turns out that Roderick Jaynes IS the Coen Brothers. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are filmmakers who often direct and edit their own films. Therefore, they made a fictional editor, Roderick Jaynes, who has been Oscar-nominated twice for cutting every film the Coen Brothers have made.

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen on Final Cut Pro:

As you can see, Final Cut Pro has been successfully supporting many film editors throughout their career. It proves that you do not need the greatest editing software to start cutting your own films, it mostly depends on your skills. As Alan Edward Bell said earlier – keep learning!

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Botagoz Koshim (or just Bota) is an intern at Raindance, currently studying BA (Hons) Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey.
Bota is a freelance photographer and a film editor, previously worked on student films and short documentaries.
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