Steven Rasch, Class of 1972

Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing 

From the eyes of an F-M High School student, the world of Hollywood seems like a distant fantasy, one that renowned television and film editor Steven Rasch definitely could not have anticipated. 

Playing on F-M's soccer team, Steven was not the fastest player nor the most skilled on the team. But Coach Ed Schmidt did not give up on him, helping Steven to learn how to set goals and work hard, life lessons he would carry with him into his not-so-sports-oriented career. Something must have worked, because by his senior year Steven started at left 

Outside the soccer field, Steven craved a place to let his creative talents thrive. "In the early '70s, there was no such thing as a media or communication department in high school." He ended up turning to his shop teacher, who loaned Steven his Nikon camera and a flash during a pivotal time in Steven's artistic development. A big turning point, within a year he had his own camera and began to teach himself photography. "Thanks for the loan, Mr. Erkenbeck!"

After graduating from F-M, Steven earned a B.A. in English at Colgate University and went to graduate school at the American Film Institute. His skills began to be noticed, and Steven rose to his current career as a comedy film editor. It is a fun job to do, he admits, assembling the shots of various films and television series and working with sound effects and music. "I get to create the final version of the story. And I laugh on the job." When watching television and movies, we get to see up close what exactly Steven's detailed craftsmanship produces.

A member of the honorary society, American Cinema Editors, Steven has a remarkably long list of popular titles associated with his career, some for which he has been nominated. Films include HBO's Clear History, Magnolia's Serious Moonlight and IFC/Miramax's I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. Then there is the impressive myriad of television series to which Steven has lent his talented attention -- networks from HBO, ABC, NBC and CBS to Comedy Central. Some highlights include the first season of HBO's "Entourage," the second season of HBO's "Flight of the Conchords," the fifth season of ABC's "Spin City," CBS's "The Closer" and WB's "The Parent Hood." He has also worked on a multitude of television pilots such as Imagine/NBC's "Friends with Benefits" and FOX's "The Goodwin Games," among others.

Steven's most noteworthy achievement, however, is evidenced in the form of a prestigious Emmy statue. Working extensively with HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as supervising editor/music supervisor for eight seasons, Steven was nominated for six Emmy Awards. And finally, in 2012, he won one. Additionally, the series earned him two ACE Eddie Awards in 2008 and 2012. Season three of ABC's "Modern Family" got him nominated once more for an Emmy and ACE Award in 2012.

Alongside his remarkable professional achievements, Steven considers his family just as important. He and his wife Susan -- who is successful in her own right as a nurse midwife with over 600 deliveries under her belt -- have raised two sons, the youngest who is graduating this May. Enthusiasm for the arts must run in the family. His son Daniel attends Kenyon College where he is president of the school's a cappella group, while his other son, Evan, is captain of his high school swim team and has appeared in a dozen school plays.

Even the magic of Hollywood that he helps the rest of us see cannot quite live up to the quiet glories of Upstate New York in the long term for Steven. 

"My goal is to retire in a house on Cazenovia Lake and to take my grandchildren to Sno Top before I die."

- May 2013

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