Dody Dorn, ACE

Born 1955

Dody Dorn, ACE is best known for working with Ridley Scott on three films including Matchstick Men and Kingdom of Heaven, with James Cameron on Terminator 2: Judgment Day, with Christopher Nolan on Memento and Insomnia and with David Ayer on Sabotage and Fury. Dorn’s work on Memento received an Oscar nomination among several others nominations, and she won the Sierra Award from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. In addition to her credited editing on Scott’s films, Dorn worked on the 2003 DVD release of Alien (the “Director’s Cut”). Dorn is also well-known as a sound editor.

“With any of these directors, it starts with a large dose of respect and human connection. Depending upon where you meet somebody in their career, if they already have a god-like reputationwhich both Jim [James Cameron] and Ridley had when I was working with them it’s really essential that I can meet them on a level playing field as a collaborator and not be afraid to openly give my thoughts and opinions. We have to have an honest, open dialogue. Whatever comes out of that dialogue, being their ideas or my ideas, there’s a discussion that comes from the communication. Sometimes that can be hard when somebody that has the stature of those two guys, to get someone to really dig in and just get to work and collaborate.”
—“The Art of Being Industrious: Dody Dorn ACE on Cutting ‘Fury’” by Kylee Peña. The full interview can be found in the Appendix.