Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship

ACE is very proud to support The Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship.

Known to many as “EZ,” Eric Zumbrunnen graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism, and began his professional life in video post-production.  A proficient guitarist, his affinity for music informed his early work editing music videos. He developed close collaborative relationships with a few directors, and subsequently expanded into commercials for clients such as Nike, Xbox and Apple, and ultimately into feature films.  He perhaps most notably found his creative kindred spirit in director Spike Jonze. The pair’s harmonious, highly successful collaboration spanned two decades.


A member of American Cinema Editors since his first feature, Being John Malkovich which earned him an Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy),  Eric brought his love of a good story well told to AdaptationWhere the Wild Things Are and  Her, as well as John Carter, for director Andrew Stanton.


In 2014, Eric Zumbrunnen co-founded Santa Monica and New York-based post-production company EXILE with partners Kirk Baxter, ACE, Matt Murphy and Carol Lynn Weaver.  Regarded as one of the most technically proficient editors of his era, one who approached editing with insight and eloquence, Eric valued the opportunity to learn from the gifted writers, directors and editors he worked with. While he held himself and his co-workers to a high standard, he was also committed to encouraging and mentoring other editors and would-be editors.

Read full tribute to Eric here


If you would like to volunteer, please email us indicating your interest in our organization.  If you would like to make a donation. Please make checks to:

Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship
c/o ACE Educational Center
5555 Melrose Ave
Marx Brothers Bldg #108
Los Angeles, CA 90038

All contributions made to the ACE Educational Center are considered charitable tax deductions.

We are pleased to announce the selection of the first Eric Zumbrunnen fellow, Derek Drouin.

Thanks to the generous support of Media Arts Lab, Adobe, Avid and PIX, Derek now has a MacBook Pro with the most current editing software and collaboration capability, and plans for a training session at Adobe’s new state-of-the-art Premiere Pro Suite in Santa Monica in November.

During the year Derek has taken advantage of the opportunity to attend ACE events including the annual meeting, the Luau, and some early screenings, as well as to meet one-on-one with several top editors.

Having spent much of this year working on the recently released “First Man”, Derek hopes now to have a little more time to explore new challenges.  He sat down with Melanie Ramsayer of the Gersh Agency who advised him on career strategy, and in September he shadowed Kirk Baxter ACE, and the team on Netflix’s “Mindhunter” for an afternoon.

Born in Maine, Derek studied painting and illustration at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. A position at advertising and production company Dogmatic provided his introduction to film making. After teaching himself AVID, Derek worked as an editor on industrial and promotional films. He was an additional editor on the feature documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” (2007), and joined the Editors Guild in 2008. His recent assistant editor credits include “The Founder,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and “First Man.”

Derek’s colleagues describe him as creative and articulate, with a great instinct for storytelling and a dry sense of humor.  Hard working, technically savvy and collaborative, he contributes in the areas of sound and visual effects in addition to the picture edit.

Neither a scholarship nor a grant, the Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship harnesses the goodwill of American Cinema Editors, Adobe, Avid, Pix, Media Arts Lab and Eric’s friends and colleagues to provide our fellow with state of the art tools, hands-on opportunities, and the wisdom of many of the talented and experienced professionals Eric worked amidst.

We’re looking for someone:

            – who is currently working in post-production

            – who is dedicated to pursuing a career as an editor

            – who is based in, or planning to relocate to, Los Angeles, California

            – who is willing to put in their own time for meetings, screenings and mentor-assigned projects 

We will accept applications from November 1, 2018 until January 31, 2019, and notify candidates at the beginning of March 2018.  The fellowship is for a period of one year.

Application Information