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John Paul Horstmann’s path to becoming a Hollywood film
editor began with his time as an undergrad at the University
of Pittsburgh, although his choice of majors might not
necessarily have shown it.
While he worked toward degrees in English and History,
Horstmann pursued a love of film and a desire for the
“hands-on experience” of filmmaking outside of his
classes. He raised funding from various departments
and donors, and recruited an engineer with whom he
designed the University of Pittsburgh’s student-run
broadcast system, UPTV. They bought cameras, trained
other students in editing, and made videos for broadcast.
“It took two solid years before we were on the air,”
Horstmann says. Some of the talented people who worked
with Horstmann then, making “funny videos and sad videos,”
remain collaborators today.
After graduating in 2002, Horstmann began to work as an assistant
editor on a number of Hollywood films, such as Idlewild, The Air I
Breathe, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert
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