SCV In the Movies | Episode 35: In Studio with Oscar Winner Joel Cox, A.C.E.
For 30 years, Santa Clarita Valley resident Joel Cox has been Clint Eastwood’s principal film editor. In a rare on-camera appearance, Cox shares his experiences with E.J. Stephens and Bill West, hosts of “SCV in the Movies” on SCVTV.
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ABOUT JOEL COX
Leading film editor has worked on most of Clint Eastwood’s directorial efforts and other Eastwood projects since “The Enforcer” (1976). Cox began his career as a production assistant on Francis Coppola’s “The Rain People” (1969). He moved to editing with “Farewell, My Lovely” (1975), and has since been one of Eastwood’s core crew members, even working on former lover Sondra Locke’s directorial debut “Rat Boy” (1986). As Eastwood’s style has changed with his subject matter from film to film, so has Cox’s editing, adapting with precision to the demands of the different genres–from the percussive, quick-paced actioners “The Enforcer” and “The Rookie” (1990) to the cool ease of the dark Charlie Parker biopic, “Bird” (1988) to the laconic Western classicism of “Unforgiven” (1992). The latter earned Cox his first Oscar.
ABOUT E.J. STEPHENS
E.J. Stephens is a noted Hollywood historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. An Indiana native, E.J. has lived for 10 years in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Kimi and their two children, Mariah and Dylan.
By day, E.J. can be found in Burbank on the Warner Bros. Studios lot where he is a tour guide and an audience coordinator on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show. When not giving tours at the studio, E.J. and Kimi host tours of their own for their Newhall-based company, Newhallywood Tours.
E.J. has co-written four books on subjects ranging from the history of Warner Bros. and Paramount to Griffith Park and the Santa Clarita Valley (the latter with Kimi and Dr. Alan Pollack). The trio is currently working on another SCV history book titled “Then & Now: The Santa Clarita Valley,” scheduled to hit the shelves in early 2014.
ABOUT BILL WEST©2013 SCVTV
Bill West is a movie nut who serves on the board of Friends of Hart Park, gives tours of the Hart Mansion and maintains the Friends’ website.
In his spare time, Bill writes software for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has contributed to Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and other attractions. Previously, he wrote software at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Bill enjoys lounge music and he plays the drums for pickup bands. He lives in Santa Clarita with his Realtor (his wife Liliana) and their son Josh. Pets include Maya the Mutt, Luigi the Canary, and a cat whose name he can’t pronounce but is Polish for “kitty.”