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Scott Arundale

Associate Professor
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Expertise: Editing; Post-Production Supervision; Producing
Office Location: Marion Knott Studios 268
Phone: (714) 628-7367
New York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Southern California, Master of Fine Arts


Dodge College Course: Editing II, Senior Thesis in Editing

As a teenager growing up in England, Arundale spent an inordinate amount of time in art houses watching classic European films. Fellini, Antonioni and Fritz Lang were among his favorites but it was after watching Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville, that Arundale knew that he wanted to become a filmmaker.

He is a product of NYU where he studied film production as well as USC where he earned an M.F.A. in Producing in the Peter Stark Program. The first short film he produced there was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. The following year, he produced a feature film that won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

But it is editing that has always been his passion and when things went digital, Arundale jumped back into the fray. "The technology of film had not really changed much over the years, but when non-linear editing arrived, I was hooked." Since then he's edited TV shows and feature films, documentaries and music videos. "It's a very exciting time to be working in the industry right now because things are moving so quickly and we have to adapt to the ever-changing landscape," he says.

Arundale has written a book on film editing with co-author and alum, Tashi Trieu:  Modern Post – Workflows and Techniques for Digital Filmmakers which has been adopted at numerous film schools. He is writing a new book on the digital post paradigm to be completed in early 2019.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Pendleton at 75 - In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the commission of Camp Pendleton, I edited and produced a documentary outlining the contributions made by this marine base and its inhabitants to the fighting in major conflicts including the war in the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Scheduled to air on the History Channel in early 2018.