David Brenner Death – Winning Film Editor Passed Away at 59, Cause Of Death?: Brenner passed away suddenly in his home in West Hollywood on Thursday, February 17, his wife, actress Amber Brenner, first revealed.
“He was an extraordinary editor and a loving, compassionate family man. In an effort to support David’s family during this terrible time, Lightstorm Entertainment has created this GoFundMe account,” the American Cinema Editors, of which David Brenner was a member, said in a statement.
RIP David Brenner! Academy Award Winning Editor of Born on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, Wanted, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
— Snyder Content (@SnyderContent) February 18, 2022
“More important than any financial assistance this may provide, it’s an opportunity to let his wife Amber and his children Annie, Haider, and Sasha know how many other lives David touched,” the statement read.
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David Brenner’s Cause of Death Remains Secret
David Brenner’s cause of death has not been revealed at this time. His family also has not released any statement related to his death cause.
In 1990, Brenner won the Academy Award for film editing with Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” starring Tom Cruise.
David shared the award with editor John Hutshing. Oliver Stone recruited Brenner to edit nine of his films, including “Wall Street,” “Talk Radio,” “Platoon,” “Salvador,” “The Doors,” “World Trade Center” “Heaven & Earth,” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
He worked with director Zack Snyder on “Justice League,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Man of Steel.”
The late artist was also a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE).
“For those of us lucky enough to know David, it was not his editorial skills that were most impressive (and they were extraordinary), it was his remarkable compassion for others and the love and commitment he had for his family,” John Landau said in part via the GoFundMe.
“David will live in our hearts & memories, and he will forever be a part of our ‘Avatar’ Family,” he added.
“The kindest man, a loving father, and husband, a gifted artist…you’ll be deeply missed,” Snyder said in his post about Brenner.
His first film was 1985’s “Radioactive Dreams,” where David served as an apprentice editor. Brenner eventually teamed with Stone on some of the director’s earlier films such as “Wall Street,” “Platoon,” and “Salvador” and was mentored by editor Claire Simpson.
In an interview with ProVideoCoalition from last year, he said that his goal in editing a movie was always the same, whether an enormous blockbuster or a smaller scale project.
“The gigantic features may have elaborate action scenes involving a lot of footage and a lot of CG, which brings a host of editorial challenges. They frequently also have complex storylines with many interweaving characters, which the editor has to track, massage, make flow and climax,” David said.
“But this is exactly what the editor must do with many smaller films. … So, no matter what the budget or scale, as the editor, you’re just trying to get the story and characters to work. Whether it’s a $200 million action film or a $20 million art-house film, you’re still trying to get the movie to play.”
Brenner continued: “I like to keep cutting until you get to a version where you and the director feel it’s too tight. Where you feel, ‘That was too fast, that was too short, this is hard to follow, this isn’t landing.’ It’s good to get to this point because you know you’ve crossed the limit. Now you isolate these over-tight moments and put some air back into them.”
Brenner is survived by his wife Amber of 19 years, and his three children; Anna, Haider, and Sasha
Reactions to David Brenner’s Death at 59
After the sad news of David Brenner’s death was revealed, his friends and fans flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.
“I am extremely saddened and in shock by the passing of my co-editor. The entire ‘Avatar’ crew is mourning the loss of not only David as an incredible human being but as an enormous talent. Not only is this a great loss to the editing community, but to the industry as well. He will be greatly missed,” Stephen Rivkin, president of the American Cinema Editors, said in a statement.
In a Facebook post, Emmerich called David “a beloved husband and father, as well as dear and very gifted friend.”
“David was an extraordinary artist and a kind gentleman. We were incredibly lucky to have collaborated with such a beautiful spirit. We are deeply saddened by this unimaginable loss — and we send our most profound sympathies,” director Rob Marshall said.
Mike Barnes said: “#RIP David Brenner, 59; the admired film editor won an Oscar for ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’ one of nine movies he did with Oliver Stone — ‘The Doors’ was a personal favorite — and cut both versions of Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League.’”
“RIP David Brenner! Academy Award-Winning Editor of Born on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, Wanted, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” one fan tweeted.
RTSnyderCut’s Twitter account wrote: “Our hearts are broken by the terribly sad news of the sudden passing of David Brenner. We don’t know what to say other than to give our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family, friends, and all whose life he touched. Thank you for everything David. Rest in peace.”
“Shocked to hear about David Brenner passing away. RIP to a legend. Forever grateful for his work on some of my favorite DC movies,” another fan wrote.
Josh Gilbert wrote on Twitter: “RIP film editor David Brenner (Born on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, Identity, The Day After Tomorrow, Wanted, 300: Rise of an Empire, Man of Steel, BvS, ZSJL, Avatar 2).”
Will Mavity tweeted: “Oscar-Winning Editor David Brenner has passed away at 59. He edited Born on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, The Snyder Cut, and was working on Avatar 2 and 3.”
“RIP David Brenner, as the editor of my favorite movies, you truly were the most important part of SnyderVerse. We will always be grateful for your contribution and will keep your legacy intact,” one Twitter user wrote.
“#RestInPeace David Brenner. He was the Academy Award Winning Editor of Born in the Fourth of July, Independence Day, Man Of Steel, BvS, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. I last listened to him on the Rough Cut Podcast,” James tweeted.
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