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.

An Update on Our Second Fellow,
Carmen Hu

Carmen Hu continues to defy the traditional understanding of time, spending much of the summer editing an independent feature while also working full time as an assistant editor on “Upload”, and more recently with Byron Smith, ACE, on an upcoming Netflix show.

She has whiled away her empty hours attending the ACE TechFest and EditFest events, test-driving Premiere Pro at Adobe’s Santa Monica space and taking advantage of screening opportunities.  She’s had the opportunity to visit a few cutting rooms, including meeting up with our first Eric Zumbrunnen Fellow Derek Drouin and the post-production team on “Call of the Wild”.

Several very gracious ACE members have taken the time to sit down with Carmen and talk editing, share stories and offer advice.  Carmen, in turn, has been passing along the support by informally mentoring a graduate of the ACE internship program.

First introduced to the world of post production when she mistakenly signed up for a Final Cut editing class in college, Carmen has worked as an assistant and cutting assistant editor at boutique commercial houses like Mackenzie Cutler, Arcade Edit, Work Editorial, and many others. She became proficient in Avid while on the job and cultivated her editing skills with any opportunity available.  In 2016, Carmen joined the Editors Guild and made her way into scripted television.

Through the Eric Zumbrunnen fellowship, Carmen hopes to garner feedback and critique from editors with different styles and sensibilities, in order to learn and grow as an editor. “

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, 2019 to January 31, 2020, and notify candidates at the beginning of March 2020.  The fellowship is for a period of one year.

Application Information