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Donn Cambern

Donn Cambern is an American film editor. Cambern was born in Los Angeles, California, and obtained a B.A. in music from UCLA. In 2007, Cambern was senior filmmaker-in-residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory.Cambern began his career as a Music Editor for The Andy Griffith Show, before moving into film editing.

Cambern has edited such films as Easy Rider (1969) and Romancing the Stone (1984), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing along with fellow editor Frank Morriss. Cambern was awarded the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 2004.

Officially credited with editing The Last Picture Show (1971), Cambern's involvement was called into question in the 1999 documentary, The Last Picture Show: A Look Back. In the documentary, Peter Bogdanovich said that after shooting the film, he went back to Los Angeles to edit it on a Moviola. When finished editing the entire picture, he refused to credit himself as editor, reasoning that credits beyond that of director and co-writer would look 'ridiculous'. After being informed that the Motion Picture Editors Guild required crediting an editor, he suggested Donn Cambern who had been editing another film in the next office over and had helped Bogdanovich with some purchasing paperwork. In the documentary, Cybill Shepherd said that when she went to stay with Bogdanovich during that time, it was disappointing because he was too busy editing the film.Cambern disputes this, stating that Bogdanovich did do an edit of the film, which he screened for a selection of guests, including Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson and himself. The consensus was the film was going to be great, but needed further editing to achieve its full potential. Bogdanovich invited Cambern to edit the film further and Cambern made significant contributions to the film's final form.

One of Cambern's favorite stories and something for which he is often remembered is the editing of the final sequence of the Robert Wise film The Hindenburg, in which Cambern manages to keep the Hindenburg blowing up for almost 10 minutes when the actual event lasted little more than 37 seconds.Cambern has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors. Cambern has served twice (1990–94, 1997–99) as Vice-President of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. From 1991-2002, he was President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Cambern was the inaugural recipient of the Guild's Fellowship and Service Award in 2007.

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Some of their strengths

Donn Cambern has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Diplomatic, Generous, Practical, Kind, Loyal, and Optimistic.

Intelligent and Inquisitive

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Donn Cambern is someone who is an intelligent, inquisitive, and imaginative person, who is practical, considerate, kind, and diplomatic in dealings with others. A person who is a bit of a "lone wolf".

Warm and Caring

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Donn Cambern well know them as someone who can be warm, caring, and compassionate, like a lamp or torch.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Donn Cambern as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Charismatic and Playful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Donn Cambern is someone who is used to being the center of attention, and who has a playful approach to dealing with life.

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Justice-seeking and Peaceful

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Donn Cambern tends to be someone who loves peace and is ready to go to any costs to achieve it. Who has a taste for the good things in life, tends to be a good organizer, has a thirst for knowledge, and who tends to have the respect of friends and acquaintances.

Some of Donn Cambern's challenges

While Donn Cambern has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Donn Cambern can be Stubborn, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Suspicious, Complicated, Brusque, and Indecisive.

Hesitant and Narcissistic

One of Donn Cambern's key challenges is that they are someone who can be hesitant and narcissistic.

Indecisive and Materialistic

Donn Cambern is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Pleasure-seeking and Indecisive

Finally, Donn Cambern also can put others first too much, and hem-and-haw too much when making a decision.

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