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By Kristin Marguerite Doidge W hen Houston, Texas-born pic- ture editor Mako Kamitsuna, AC E , w a s a l i t t l e g i r l g ro w - ing up in Hiroshima, Japan, she thought one day she might be an astronomer. But her curiosity about the unknown — about the mysteriousness of human existence — ultimately led her to the movies, instead. "I was enamored by film itself when I was very tiny, around six or seven years old, when I first saw a Hollywood movie on a big silver screen in my hometown," she said. "When I saw the movie, I thought, 'If there is a profession out there when you grow up, where you could draw and you could make a living [in] moving pictures, creating pictures, this is something I could do.'" Kamitsuna's work as an editor was on display earlier this year in the horror comedy feature film, "Renfield," starring Nicolas Cage as Count Dracula and Nicholas Hoult as his longtime servant. (Kamitsuna was credited as additional editor; the main 28 C I N E M O N T A G E C O V E R S T O R Y MAKING PICTURES FLY MAKO KAMITSUNA SEES EDITING AS AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF FILMMAKING Photo by Mark Edwards

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