Lisa Roberts, an assistant editor at Territory in Detroit, has won the Grand Prize for Editing at AICE's 2016 Camp Kuleshov trailer competition for her reimagining of "Back to the Future III' as a serial killer movie.
The yearly contest challenges young editors to re-conceive popular films in different genres -- by cutting new trailers to depict them as such.
Roberts' clever mashup turns the Wild West-themed comedy into a chiller as Doc Brown transforms before our eyes from eccentric time-traveling scientist to wild-eyed psychopath.
It's the second award for Roberts: last year she won the Detroit Camp Kuleshov Editing competition for her take on "Office Space," Mike Judge's 1999 workplace comedy, which she transformed into a white-knuckle thriller.
Hudson Edit's Zach DuFresne, who sat on the jury, said in a statement that Roberts' entry impressed by "hitting all the points it needed to hit. It took an established film and really swung it around into something new. Every time we looked at it we kept seeing more and more nuances; the cut just kept getting stronger."
Other winners at the Camp Kuleshov contest, which is open to assistants in editorial, graphic design and sound design, were Thom Reimerink at Jump in Los Angeles, with a title design sequence for the 2011 film "Contagion," and Jordan Stalling at Particle in Chicago, who was awarded for his sound design for a segment of the 1967 Jacques Tati farce "Playtime."
Roberts, Reimerink and Stalling will also receive a $1,000 gift card courtesy of Camp Kuleshov sponsor Key Code Media, and their winning entries will be saluted at the 2017 AICE Awards next May in in New York.