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Bombshelter Films is Mike Saenz's production company. Mike Saenz is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas.

His USC short film, "Casablanca" was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. As editor, Mike Saenz has cut feature films and documentaries, both long form and short, for theatrical, TV, and web exhibition. His first feature as editor, “Special,” was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. He edited “In Perpetuity,” a documentary featurette produced by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute in partnership with Steven Spielberg. The film aired with “Schindler’s List” on HBO.

Saenz edited Richard Linklater's first television series, "Up to Speed," featuring Timothy "Speed" Levitch.

He has worked as assistant editor for Sandra Adair on Richard Linklater's "Bernie," "Before Midnight," "Boyhood," and "Everybody Wants Some!!"

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“The Story of Storybook.”

“The Story of Storybook” from Mike Saenz on Vimeo.

This is a short piece I cut for a great organization, “The Women’s Storybook Project of Texas.” They are a non-profit, all volunteer program. Their volunteers travel to Texas prisons to record mothers reading stories to their kids in the outside world.

My thanks to Producers Karen Bernstein and Jeff Bowden, and Directors Jeff Bowden and Brandon Dickerson.

A Human Problem

Adam Sultan, Steve Conn, and I made this :45 second film for the Trans-Human themed Fantastic Fest Bumper Contest.

We didn’t make the Top 5, but we did crack the Top 12 in the at large voting round. Out of 74 entries, that’s not bad, considering we got a very late start in the voting.

Check it out.

Next Meeting | BOSCPUG




They’re flying me to Boston.

Sweet. From the Boston Creative Pro User Group Site:

We are excited to start off our Fall/Winter series at BOSCPUG with Assistant Editor Mike Saenz, who will share with us his role as first assistant editor in working with editor Sandra Adair, ACE on Richard Linklater’s ‘BOYHOOD (IFC Films).’ Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, ‘BOYHOOD’ is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Mike will share the technical challenges involved in editing a twelve year film shoot, which started on Final Cut Pro and then to Avid and the legacy single finishing workflow that resulted. Mike will also share his view and advice on the role of being an assistant editor. We will allow plenty of time for questions – So bring your questions with you!

Working with 12 Years of Footage for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Interview with Mike Saenz.


Bryant Frazer interviewed me for StudioDaily. It’s my first interview as Assistant Editor of anything. I wrote once that I should write an article on the “Boyhood” Post process, which would be fascinating to like…4 or 5 Assistant Editors in the universe.

Bryant at StudioDaily saw that and offered to give me a leg up on that process with an interview. So here it is. Thanks, Bryant!

Highlights include arcane descriptions of our matchback procedure from 29.97 DV dailies to the 23.98 final 2k DCP that the world has seen and adored.

Also a blatant plug for “Up to Speed.” God, I hope we get to do more of those.


How ‘Boyhood’ Editor Sandra Adair Helped Shape The Film’s 12-Year Evolution|Filmmakers,FilmIndustry,FilmFestivals, Awards & Movie Reviews | Indiewire


Indiewire published a nice interview with Sandra about editing “Boyhood.”

It’s always nice to get a shout out by name, even for one sentence. Thanks Sandra and Indiewire.

“In the end, my current assistant, Mike Saenz, still had a lot of sorting out to do but we managed to complete the project on Avid with only a few hitches.”

There you go.

I still think a long and very arcane article on the minutiae of our finishing process is in order. It would make 5 Assistant Editors in the world very happy.