I was born in Würzburg, Germany. I worked as a tax collector for several years before deciding to follow my passion for movies: I quit my job to study Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany. 

In 2005/2006 I studied Telecommunications at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA, where I took part in digital film making, production, and directing classes - and  first got a taste for the art of editing.

I graduated in Germany with a masters degree in Film Studies in July 2007, and  moved to L.A. to pursue a career in the film industry.

In January/February 2008, Hollywood opened its doors for me, when I took part in the annual American Cinema Editors’ internship program. I spent a week each with Randy Morgan, A.C.E. on “Law & Order”, Christopher Rouse, A.C.E. on “The Green Zone”, and Sabrina Plisco, A.C.E. on “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”. 2014 I was honored with the task to become the next director of the internship program - taking over for my friend and mentor Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E. who held this position for 20 years.

I’ve had the honor to assist many talented and award winning editors, like Lori Jane Coleman, A.C.E. (on the ABC Family’s sports drama “Make It Or Break It” and the first two seasons of the USA spy show “Covert Affairs”), Richard Halsey, A.C.E. (on “Ticket Out” and “The Chicago 8”), Chris Rouse, A.C.E. (on “Burlesque”), Angus Wall, A.C.E. and Kirk Baxter, A.C.E. (on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” for which they won the Oscar for Best Film Editing) and previous Oscar-nominee Matt Chessé, A.C.E. (on “Machine Gun Preacher” and “World War Z”).

As an editor, I’ve edited the following features: 
Squatters (directed by Martin Weisz), 
Diving Normal (directed by Kristjan Thor), 
Fort Bliss (directed by Claudia Myers, co-edited with Matt Chessé, ACE), 
Earth To Echo” (directed by Dave Green, co-edited with Crispin Struthers, ACE), Kickboxer: Vengeance (directed by John Stockwell, co-edited with Chris Peterson, ACE). 
Devil’s Whisper (directed by Adam Ripp). 

I’ve also received additional editing credits on the features “Dancing Ninja” (edited by Sandy Solowitz). and “Ticket Out” (edited by Richard Halsey, ACE).

I’ve also edited Previs for unrealized Warner Brother project “Lore”, and Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (both for director Dave Green) and numerous shorts, commercials, and music videos.

I’ve just completed editing the remake of “Benji” directed by Brandon Camp for Blumhouse Productions to be released in 2018.

Please see my IMDB page for a complete list of credits.,+Bavaria,+Germany&gl=us&ei=_J7RTIf6FsH38Aa2lezCDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CCMQ8gEwAA&z=11

Carsten Kurpanek

  Home Base:
Van Nuys, CA

  Birth Place:
Würzburg, Germany

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 Words to live by:

"In an infinite and eternal universe, the point is, anything is possible." 
--Stanley Kubrick

“The essence of cinema is editing.”
-- Francis Ford Coppola

“Editing provides the heart of a film.”
-- Sir Michael Balcon

“Failure is an option. Fear is not.”
-- James Cameron

About Me

100 Years of Solitude


Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Back to the Future

“Left and Leaving”


The Weakerthans

Carsten Kurpanek | editor